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The Good News
2015 October
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
run Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) programs like
law enforcement, forest management, fire suppres-
sion, road maintenance, housing, federal education
and other support programs, but failed to appro-
priate sufficient funds to pay the costs under the
agreements. Native American tribal agencies man-
age these programs under the Indian Self-Determi-
nation Act of 1975.
¡°The Department of Justice is pleased that the par-
ties have reached an agreement to finally resolve
this litigation that has spanned four administra-
tions,¡± said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney
General Mizer. ¡°This agreement was long in the
making ¨C reached only after years of complex
negotiations ¨C and both sides can be proud of the
This proposed settlement was filed September 16
in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
and will require court approval. The proposed
settlement would resolve the government¡¯s liabil-
ity and avoid years of tedious contract-by-contract
litigation that would require tens of thousands of
hours of work by federal and tribal attorneys as
well as expert auditors and accountants.
The claims arose because of a mismatch between
federal self-determination laws and available ap-
propriations. While the federal government has
signed contracts that provided for certain amounts
to cover administrative costs of implementing con-
tracts ¨C such as workers¡¯ compensation costs for
tribal employees ¨C Congress capped appropriated
funds available to pay for these costs. This funding
gap was one of the sources of the claims, which
were raised in a class action lawsuit filed in 1990.
¡°Time and again, we have seen that when a tribal
government runs a federal program, the program is
more successful and more responsive to the tribal
community,¡± said Assistant Secretary Washburn.
Visit to local farm
a yearly tradition for many
Olathe, September 26, 2015: It¡¯s that time of
the year, when the days start to grow shorter,
the autumn colors begin to show off and the
much anticipated opening of the famed DeVries
Amazing Corn Maze & Great Pumpkin Patch has
This year¡¯s maze is a bit over 10 acres with
¡®White Water Rafting¡¯ as the theme. The Great
pumpkin patch has grown to over 6 acres this
year with pumpkins a¡¯plenty.
In addition to the corn maze is a straw bale
maze for the little ones, with a huge corn pit for
the youngsters to jump into. For a special treat,
try the night mazes every Friday and Saturday
night in October.
Located at the DeVries Fruit and Veggie Road-
side Stand, 60542 Gunnison Rd, Olathe, just
North of Montrose off Hwy 50 between mile
markers 85 & 86, this is the one seasonal stan-
dard you don¡¯t want to miss.
Open daily from 9am - 6pm with the Friday and
Saturday night mazes open from 6pm - 10pm.
Mark down October 24 on your calendar because
that will be when the highly popular Pumpkin
Chunkin¡¯ Contest will take place.
DeVries Fruit and Veggie Roadside Stand, known
as The Friend-ly Farm, run by Richard & Pamela
(DeVries) Friend, offers fresh locally grown
produce including 7 varieties of apples, pump-
kins, gourds, 9 varieties of Winter squash, sweet
corn, peaches, tomatoes, melons, pears, beans,
chilies, peppers, onions, potatoes, new pinto
beans and much more.
There is still a large variety and selection of
locally grown fruits and veggies available and
they are roasting mild, medium, hot and extra
hot chilies daily, so head on over for some great
fresh produce.
DeVries accepts cash, local checks, debit and
credit cards and SNAP (EBT). For more informa-
tion call 970.323.6559
(by KingDaddy)
¡°Today¡¯s proposed
settlement, togeth-
er with President
Obama¡¯s request for
full, mandatory fund-
ing of tribal contract
support costs in the
future, removes one
of the significant
obstacles to tribal
and self-governance.
Tribes can now be
confident that the
federal government
will pay sufficient
costs to allow them
to be successful in
running federal pro-
In 2012, the issue
reached the Supreme
Court, which ullti-
Colorado revenue forecast projects
slower but steady growth
DENVER: The Governor¡¯s Office of State
Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) released its
quarterly economic forecast on September 21,
2015. This is the last revenue projection be-
fore Gov. Hickenlooper releases the FY 2016-
17 budget request on Nov. 2, 2015.
The state¡¯s economy is projected to continue
to steadily grow, though not at the robust
level experienced in 2014. Expansion in
many of the state¡¯s industries appears strong
enough for the overall economy to absorb the
contraction in the oil and gas industry and
global economic headwinds.
The forecast includes projected refunds due to
revenue exceeding the Referendum C cap.
OSPB expects General Fund revenue to in-
crease of 3.9 percent in FY 2015-16. This pro-
jection is only slightly lower than forecasted
in June, or about $78.9 million (0.8 percent).
The lower forecast is mostly due to slightly
mately agreed with the Tribes that the gov-
ernment was liable for the payments, regard-
less of whether Congress had appropriated
adequate funds. Since 2012, the United
States has been negotiating with tribal enti-
ties to find a fair and efficient resolution of
this dispute and to pay the money owed.
In the president¡¯s fiscal year 2016 budget re-
quest to Congress for the Departments of the
Interior and Health and Human Services, the
administration proposed a long-term solution
to this persistent problem: mandatory, non-
discretionary funding, beginning in fiscal year
2017, for contract support costs.
The proposed settlement marks another sig-
nificant effort by the Obama Administration
to address long-running litigation concerning
federal policy in Indian Country, so that Tribes
and the federal government can enjoy a more
fruitful and constructive relationship in the
future. Since 2010, the Departments of Jus-
tice and the Interior have settled the Cobell
class action lawsuit, and more than 80 similar
lawsuits brought by various American Indian
tribes, alleging breach of trust for federal
mismanagement of their financial assets and
natural resources.
DeVries Wants To A-Maze You
slower job and income gains in the state than
projected in June, the recent declines in the
stock market, and further weakening in oil prices
that will lower income tax revenue from royalty
General Fund revenue growth for FY 2016-17 is
expected to rebound from the slower growth in
FY 2015-16 with continued economic expansion
in the state. However, the FY 2016-17 General
Fund revenue growth rate of 6.7 percent is still
below the high rates experienced in most years
of the current expansion.
Based on preliminary figures, TABOR revenue
exceeded the Referendum C cap by $150.0 mil-
lion in FY 2014-15 (an additional $3.6 million
from prior years will be added to this amount).
TABOR revenue is projected to exceed the cap
by $116.7 million in FY 2015-16, $398.0 million
in FY 2016-17, and $474.5 million in FY 2017-
18. Revenue above the Referendum C cap from
FY 2014-15 will be refunded through the State
Earned Income Tax Credit to qualified taxpayers
and the sales tax refund to all taxpayers. The
sales tax refund is projected to average $19 per
taxpayer, while the EITC will average about $217
per qualifying taxpayer.
In FY 2015-16, revenue above the Referendum
C cap will be refunded through the sales tax re-
fund. In FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18, the refund
will occur through a temporary income tax rate
reduction and the sales tax refund.
For the full forecast report from OSPB and to re-
ceive updates of future releases of OSBP¡¯s quar-
terly economic and revenue forecasts, please
Settlement (continued from Page 3)
Economic Growth Continues
A birdseye view of DeVries Farm¡¯s
Amazing Corn Maze from last year