Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, May 31, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Channel Authority.

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Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on Mead oil and gas site accident

DENVER — Friday, May 26, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on Thursday’s accident at an oil and gas site in Mead, Colo:

“Today is about the victims and families of the Mead accident. It’s a terrible tragedy and our hearts and prayers are with them and the entire Mead community. Our state agencies are in constant contact with local authorities and have offered our full assistance and resources. We certainly recognize the safety concerns raised given the recent home explosion in Firestone, but at this time we have no reason to believe that there is any relationship between the circumstances that led to these two accidents. It is important to note that this was a workplace incident that also will be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Our number one priority is public safety. We will continue to work closely with investigating agencies and the industry to better understand the cause of this accident and take any necessary action to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”

Gov. Hickenlooper signs Long Bill for 2017-18

DENVER — Friday, May 26, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed SB17-254 “2017-18 Long Appropriations Bill” into law.

SB17-254 establishes an operating budget of $28.7 billion from all fund sources in FY 2017-18, with $10.6 billion from the General Fund. This represents a 5.8 percent increase over FY 2016-17 total funds appropriations, and a 5.7 percent General Fund increase.

"This bill, and the passage of the hospital provider fee enterprise, allowed us to avoid draconian decisions to important parts of the budget and protected funding for health care and schools,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “I applaud the commitment and collaboration of all of the participants in this process as they once again showed a spirit of bipartisanship that effectively serves the the people of Colorado.”

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on the President’s Budget Proposal

DENVER — Tuesday, May 23, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement:

"President Trump’s budget proposal is devastating. We have worked hard to create an environment that supports what is now the top economy in the country and makes Colorado a great place to live. The impact of cuts to Medicaid, Social Security and other programs - for the purpose of funding massive tax breaks for the wealthy - is out of step with Colorado’s values. It threatens our hard-earned progress, pushes costs back to the state, and transfers additional burden to those who can least afford it. It really is Robin Hood in reverse - stealing from the poor (and the middle class) to give to the rich."

Gov. Hickenlooper announces resignation of Executive Director Barbara Brohl from Department of Revenue

DENVER — Monday, May 22, 2017 — After serving for more than six years as the Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR), Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Barbara Brohl is resigning.

During her tenure, Brohl has had oversight of the four divisions within CDOR, which include: Taxation, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Lottery and Enforcement (regulation and licensing) of the Horse Racing, Automobile Dealers, Gaming, Liquor and Tobacco and Recreational and Medical Marijuana industries.

“Barb has provided strong leadership to the Department of Revenue,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We will miss her steadfast and guiding hand, but wish her much success in the future.”

Gov. Hickenlooper Pardons Rene Lima-Marin

DENVER — Friday, May 19, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today pardoned Rene-Lima Marin of criminal convictions.  

“The case of Rene Lima-Marin presents an extraordinary set of facts. His family has endured an emotional rollercoaster over the past months and years that is difficult to imagine. Mr. Lima-Marin committed serious crimes when he was much younger, and I believe he was justly convicted and punished for those crimes. To the extent rehabilitation is a goal of imprisonment, Mr. Lima-Marin appears to have achieved it.

The District Court judge who recently reviewed this case noted that Mr. Lima-Marin has served the functional equivalent of a 32-year sentence in the Department of Corrections. Mr. Lima-Marin was a model prisoner for 13 years. He obtained his GED and earned certifications in computer programming and braille transcription. When he was released on parole in 2008 due to a clerical error, he had an exemplary record, satisfying every condition of parole.  

Mr. Lima-Marin led a law-abiding life. He married and raised a family, bought a home, gave back to the community, spoke to teenagers and young adults about making good choices in life, and learned a trade to support his family. By all accounts, he became a productive, respected, well-liked, and valued member of his community. Six years after leaving prison, the prosecutor in the case discovered the error that led to Mr. Lima-Marin’s early release. He was re-arrested, taken away from his family and community, and returned to prison to carry out the remainder of his lengthy sentence. In 2016, he filed a petition for habeas corpus, seeking his immediate release from prison.