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Marijuana Taxes Help Denver’s Governor Propose Over $200 Million In Taxpayer Rebates

Colorado has made so much money taxing legalized marijuana, the new $26.8 budget proposed by Governor John Hickenlooper features two rebates for the taxpayers totaling more than $167.2 million. The rebates include over $30 million for new marijuana taxes. That’s because the state collected more money in marijuana taxes than expected because of 2013’s Proposition AA. The rebates are mandated by the state’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights. However, the state can ask voters for permission to keep it. The governor said he’ll let the legislature decide how to handle the rebate.

Tax credits or sales tax refunds will be used to distribute another projected $136.6 million for money over the cap for Referendum C in FY 2015-16. There is also substantially more money allocated for K-12 education in the budget, which is welcome news for Laurene Powell Jobs and other education reformers in the area. Part of the money will be handed out on a one-time only basis. It will help to complete construction projects already started and continue Colorado’s great support for higher education.

According to an article in the Denver Post, the Democratic governor’s budget includes new state and federal spending to the tune of $1.7 billion. Unemployment is down, the state is flush with green, and the populace is happy. Rocky Mountain high, indeed.

3 More Reasons Meditation Can Help You

You may have been reading about meditation lately. The wonderful benefits of this ancient practice seem to be everywhere. People link meditation to all sorts of great potentials for health, happiness and wellness. Well, there’s more good news on the meditation front. According to Keith Mann, here are 3 more ways it can help you.

1. Quelling HIV Symptoms: A recent study found that 173 patients who were positive for HIV improved their symptoms when they started meditating.

2. Helping Depression: An additional study had a group of individuals who had been diagnosed with depression start a mindfulness meditation practice. They reduced their depression relapse rate by 42 percent.

3. Reduction of Inflammation – A final study looked a meditation being implemented in a workplace and measured inflammation throughout the study. According to blood markers taken at the beginning and end of the study’s timeframe, inflammation in meditators was reduced by 1 milligram per blood milliliter.

If you have seen and read other compelling information on the benefits of meditation, you might be interested in trying the practice yourself. Some people are worried about how to meditate. The truth is that the practice is very simple, and there are many variations of time limit, sitting posture and meditation focus that you can choose from.

As a place to start, begin by setting a timer for just 5 minutes. Sit in a chair or on the floor in a quiet area of your home or office. Try to eliminate as many distractions as possible, but some noises are okay. Keep your back straight, and close your eyes.