Gov. Hickenlooper, Mayor Suthers and Police Chief Carey respond to recent anti-Semitic activities in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS — Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, and Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey offered the following statement in response to recent anti-Semitic activities in Colorado Springs.

“We write today to take a stand after Temple Beit Torah was the target of hateful vandalism when its sign was defaced with Nazi graffiti. Numerous cars around the Temple also were painted with swastikas and racial epithets. It is the second incident at a synagogue in Colorado Springs in less than a month. In July, an alleged white supremacist was arrested in Colorado Springs for putting an anti-Semitic sticker on the door of the Chabad Lubavitch of Southern Colorado. These hateful activities have come during a time of increasing anti-Semitic and racially-motivated attacks in Colorado and around the nation. The Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region reports that anti-Semitic incidents in Colorado have increased at an alarming rate, with 18 such activities in 2015 and 45 in 2016. If the trend continues, we expect there will be more than 60 incidents in 2017. This is unacceptable.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Disability Funding Committee.

The Colorado Disability Funding Committee accepts and reviews proposals and funds projects or programs that study or pilot new and innovative ideas that will lead to an improved quality of life or increased independence for persons with disabilities. This committee accepts proposals from nonprofit entities to aid persons with disabilities in accessing disability benefits.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Statewide Internet Portal Authority and Colorado Medical Board.

The Statewide Internet Portal Authority develops the officially recognized statewide internet portal that provides one-stop access to electronic information, products, and services in order to give members of the public an alternative way to transact business with the state.

For terms expiring at the Pleasure of the Governor:
Michael Scott Hartman of Denver, to serve as the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue, and occasioned by the resignation of Barbara Jean Brohl of Lakewood, appointed;
Marguerite Salazar of Alamosa, to serve as the Executive Director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, and occasioned by the resignation of Joseph Neguse of Denver, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on Gold King Mine tour

DENVER — Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 — Today Gov. John Hickenlooper offered this statement following the the Gold King Mine tour with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and Rep. Scott Tipton.

“Today, our team, along with Senators Bennet and Gardner, and Rep. Tipton saw firsthand the coordinated efforts to protect the health of communities along the Las Animas River. Administrator Pruitt assured us that cleanup of the Gold King Mine spill and Bonita Peak Superfund site remains a top priority for the EPA. During today’s tour, Administrator Pruitt committed to support adequate funding for cleanup of the Superfund site and to reopen claims for damages caused by the Gold King spill. I will do everything in my power to ensure Administrator Pruitt delivers on his promises and provides sufficient funding for cleanup.”

Three Colorado schools selected as national Don’t Quit! Fitness Center winners

DENVER — Monday, July 31, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, announced today that three Colorado schools have been selected to receive a Don’t Quit! Fitness Center. Winners include Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy in Colorado Springs, Centennial Middle School in Montrose and Everitt Middle School in Wheat Ridge. These schools demonstrated outstanding leadership in getting and keeping their students fit.

“Physical activity is part of our health and happiness,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These types of partnerships help us advance our commitment to make our state the healthiest in the nation. Congratulations Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, Centennial Middle School and Everitt Middle School for winning a new fitness center! We are sure you will put the equipment to great use.”

Gov. Hickenlooper responds to Senate vote on “Skinny Repeal”

DENVER — Friday, July 28, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper today shared the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s rejection of the “Skinny Repeal” health care bill.

“We are encouraged that the Senate has rejected efforts that would have raised health care costs, limited health care coverage, and hurt hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and deliver specific plans that will improve our health insurance system by lowering costs and providing stability for the marketplace. As governors, we are on the front lines of this debate. We must move forward in a transparent, collaborative, bipartisan manner to address problems we can all agree need fixing."

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, July 26, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Aeronautical Board, Financial Services Board, Fire Service Training and Certification Advisory Board, Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board and Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission.

The Colorado Aeronautical Board assesses the state’s aviation needs and makes recommendations to the Director of the Division of Aeronautics within the Department of Transportation.

For a term expiring Dec. 19, 2018:
Stephen Douglas Ducoff of Colorado Springs, to serve as a member from the eastern slope and who represents local governments which operate airports, and occasioned by the resignation of William L. Thompson of Colorado Springs, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper brings together bipartisan group of Governors urging Senate to reject the flawed health care bill and ‘skinny repeal’

DENVER — Wednesday, July 26, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today joined a bipartisan group of 9 other governors in sending a letter to Senate leadership voicing their concerns with the health care bill currently under review by the U.S. Senate.