Tag Archives: Governor John Hickenlooper

Governor Signs Budget

Co-State-Capital-300Colorado’s $25 billion budget for next year, which includes money for taxpayer refunds and more funding for education, has become official. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the budget Friday afternoon. The refunds are required by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights when the state’s revenue exceeds the rate of population growth Continue reading

Bill to Study Snow Tire Issue Hits Governor’s Desk

WINTER-DRIVING-300Colorado lawmakers passed legislation to study whether to require snow tires or chains to drive on a mountainous stretch of Interstate 70 during spring and winter months. The proposal on its way to Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk is a Continue reading

Lawsuit Bill Intended to Curb School Shootings

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers have advanced a plan intended to reduce school shootings by making public schools legally liable for student safety. The approval of the Republican-controlled Colorado Senate came after an emotional debate Continue reading

State Makes Changes in Immunization Requirements

immunizationsColorado parents who don’t want their children to be immunized will have to fill out paperwork each year to opt out of vaccinations under new state rules. The state Board of Health passed the changes yesterday. Currently, parents who want their children exempted from vaccinations for non-medical reasons must seek an exemption Continue reading

Lawmakers Vote to Regulate Palcohol

palcoholA proposal to regulate the sale of powdered alcohol in Colorado has been sent to Governor John Hickenlooper for action. The Colorado House approved the bill unanimously yesterday. This month, federal regulators approved the Continue reading

Routt County Businesses Voice Opinions on Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300The business community has started lobbying Governor John Hickenlooper to do what he can to keep the Greater Sage Grouse off the Endangered Species List. A letter asking as much was had delivered to the governor last week. It was reportedly signed by 17 Routt County businesses, and underscored the importance of Continue reading

U.S. Governors and Foreign Representatives to Meet in Colorado this Year

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Colorado Springs will host a first-of-its-kind gathering of the governors of U.S. and Mexican states, as well as the premiers of Canadian provinces this October. The National Governors Association wrote in a press release that the summit is aimed at promoting cooperation among North American leaders in the spirit of economic Continue reading

Commissioners to Urge Governor to Leave Severance Tax Funds Alone

MC Commissioners-150Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe urged the rest of the board to sign on to a letter being sent to Kent Lambert, head of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, asking him to refrain from using severance tax money for Urban projects on the Front Range. Another letter will be sent to Governor John Hickenlooper, asking Continue reading

State of the State Address to be Delivered Today

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper’s State of the State address today is likely to highlight Colorado’s economic prosperity during the past four years. While the economy on the Western Slope has been stagnant, areas of the Front Range have been improving. The Democratic governor’s annual speeches to lawmakers have also Continue reading

State Launches New Child Abuse Hotline

prevent-child-abuse-300Colorado has launched a statewide hotline to facilitate reporting of suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. The hotline operates in Lamar with 12 staff and launched Thursday. State officials say the Lamar center is a hub for Colorado’s first child-abuse hotline of its kind. It’s part of Governor John Hickenlooper’s Child Continue reading

Colorado Residents May Get Refunds Early

DOLLAR-SIGN-#3Colorado lawmakers may have to refund money to taxpayers sooner than they initially expected. Refunds are a sign of a growing economy. But it also means lawmakers will be restricted in how much money they’ll be able to keep and spend under Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, also known as TABOR. State economists giving Continue reading

Oil and Gas Leaders Say Fines for Violations are Excessive

Co-Oil-Gas-300Colorado oil and gas industry leaders say new fines for rule violations could lead in some cases to companies shutting down or curtailing operations. An attorney for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association industry group told regulators penalties should be waived for minor infractions. The commission is considering the new fine Continue reading