Governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming Sign MOU to Plan Regional Electric Vehicle Corridor for the West

Denver, CO — Oct. 4, 2017 — Today, the Governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide a framework for creating a regional electric vehicle plan for the West (“REV West Plan”). The Plan was announced today at the Energy Innovation Summit hosted by the National Governors Association.

The Plan spans more than 5,000 miles of highway across east-west Interstates 10, 40, 70, 76, 80, 84, 86, 90 and 94, and north-south Interstates 15 and 25. With more than 20,000 electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids already on the roads in western states, the electrification of these major corridors is expected to reduce range anxiety and drive further adoption of EVs, while transforming the market to allow smaller communities to plug into the regional system.

The MOU calls for a coordination group to undertake the following actions:

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new district court judge in 20th Judicial District

DENVER — Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Nancy Salomone to the District Court in the 20th Judicial District. She fills a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Maria Berkenkotter.

Salomone is currently a Partner at Malkinson Salomone, LLC in Boulder, CO, a position she has held since 2016. She is also a Sole Practitioner at the Law Offices of Nancy W. Salomone, PC in Boulder, CO (2002-present). She previously served as Of Counsel at Laszlo & Associates, LLC in Boulder, CO (2006-2011). Prior to this, she served as a Colorado State Deputy Public Defender in Denver (1998-2002). Salomone earned her bachelor’s degree from University of California Los Angeles in 1994 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1998.

Salomone’s appointment is effective Oct. 31, 2017.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on failure to fix marijuana tax issue in special session

DENVER — Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper issued the following statement on the General Assembly adjourning the 2017 special session without enacting a fix correcting an acknowledged mistake regarding a marijuana tax exemption contained in Senate Bill 17-267.

“It is disappointing that the Republican-controlled Senate refused to fix an error, acknowledged as a mistake by all involved. Coloradans expect us to work together and solve problems. This week, we failed to do so. The special districts will continue to have unintended funding cuts - cuts that will have real implications for Coloradans who rely on buses to get to work, cultural institutions to educate their families, and other services.

“I strongly commend the bill sponsors for all of their efforts. In the end, partisan politics overshadowed the clear intentions of Colorado voters. These tactics only divide us and fuel cynicism. We have been raised to own up to our mistakes and fix them. Most Coloradans believe these values should apply to everyone, especially to government.”

State revenue forecast shows increased momentum

DENVER — Wednesday, September 20, 2017 — The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast.

After modest increases in the prior two fiscal years, General Fund revenue is forecast to increase at stronger rates of 8.1 percent in FY 2017-18 and 4.9 percent in FY 2018-19.
After slowing during the oil and gas downturn and more moderate economic growth of 2015 and 2016, sales taxes and individual income taxes are rebounding in 2017 as the economy strengthens. Corporate income tax revenue is expected to recover starting this fiscal year, albeit modestly, after declining since FY 2013-14.

“Our momentum remains strong thanks to the strength of state’s technology sector, new business start ups and the growth of our skilled workforce,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Still, the tight labor and housing market conditions are raising costs for individuals and businesses and our rural communities continue to experience lower job and income growth than our urban areas. We are keeping on eye on these issues so they don’t curtail our success.”

New state advisor on aging to focus on needs of Colorado’s increasing senior population

DENVER — Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne today announced that Colorado has received a grant from the NextFifty Initiative to fund a Senior Advisor on Aging position in the Governor’s Office. This role will drive leadership on senior issues and focus on the coordination of key aging-related concerns like mobility, health care, housing and more.

“It’s crucial that we keep care for our seniors a priority,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “This advisor will advance the state’s strategic action plan on aging and keep the concerns of older Coloradans at the forefront for this administration and beyond.”

The NextFifty Initiative supports up to $450,000 to fund the position over the next three years. Second and third year funding is based on renewal agreements.

Gov. Hickenlooper highlights need for federal immigration reform in denial of Encalada LaTorre pardon

DENVER — Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 —  Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement regarding the pardon application for Ingrid Encalada LaTorre:

“Occasionally, a governor is faced with a decision with an answer that is clear but still painful. After careful review and with a heavy heart, I have decided to deny Ingrid Encalada LaTorre’s application for clemency. I did not come to this decision lightly. I spoke with her personally, and members of my team met with her and her attorney at length to ensure we had a full account of her case. I am moved by Ms. Encalada LaTorre’s dream of being an American and her extraordinarily hard work to support her family while she was here.

“At the same time, I must consider the impact of Ms. Encalada LaTorre’s crime on the victim, and most importantly, the precedent clemency would establish. Our country desperately needs comprehensive immigration reform that creates pathways for aspiring Americans like Ms. Encalada LaTorre to become productive, law-abiding citizens. But the crime that Ms. Encalada LaTorre committed was not victimless – far from it. Granting Ms. Encalada LaTorre’s application would compound the injustice of this unfortunate situation, and it would be a step backward in the fight for smart, compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform.

“The victim of this crime spent years dealing with the unlawful use of her Social Security number, suffering significant tax consequences and nearly losing government benefits she needed to support her own family. She opposes clemency for Ms. Encalada LaTorre. The victim is like thousands of others in this country who, through no fault of their own, face long-term consequences when someone commits this type of crime.

“Make no mistake: I disagree with many of the harsh immigration positions taken by the Trump administration, such as deporting law-abiding immigrants and ending DACA. Ms. Encalada LaTorre’s case, however, was handled consistently with practices in place since the Obama administration. Her crime rendered her ineligible for Cancellation of Removal under federal statute.  

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered for Arvada Firefighter

DENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 14, on all public buildings statewide in memory of Arvada Firefighter Lieutenant Jim Schaefer. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Schaefer, 58, died on Sept. 10 after a courageous battle with cancer. He served as a member of Arvada Fire for more than 20 years, most recently as Lieutenant at Station 3. Schaefer loved serving the people of Arvada.  He is survived by his wife, three adult children, his mother, sisters and numerous nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Bible Chapel, 63rd Ave. and Ward Rd. in Arvada.  

Colorado to join lawsuit opposing DACA repeal

DENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 — Today Colorado announced its intention to join a multi-state lawsuit led by New York, Washington, and Massachusetts challenging the President’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program protects young immigrants from deportation who arrived as children and meet certain qualifications. In joining the lawsuit, Gov. John Hickenlooper offered this statement:

“President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program is outrageous and risks the futures of more than 17,000 Coloradans. Colorado benefits when DREAMers have the opportunity to thrive in our communities and the only country they’ve ever known. These young people should not have to suffer because of our broken immigration system. While this lawsuit is no substitute for the sort of comprehensive immigration reform that can only come from Congress, it sends a necessary message that the rule of law and basic notions of fairness still matter in this country. We urge Congress to immediately pass the Dream Act, ensuring that these young people can plan for their future here in the United States. We also repeat our call for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

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Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Humanities Board of Directors, Colorado New Energy Improvement District Board, Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities and State Plumbing Board.

The Colorado Humanities Board of Directors promotes progress and scholarship in the humanities and arts in Colorado.

For terms expiring May 1, 2020:
Steven “Sam” Anderson Meyer of Grand Junction, appointed;
Susan E. Kirkpatrick of Fort Collins, reappointed;
Taffy Lee of Denver, appointed.

The Colorado New Energy Improvement District Board enables and encourages the owners of eligible real property to invest in new energy improvements, including energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. The Board also establishes, develops, finances, implements, and administers a new energy improvement program that includes both energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy improvements to assist any such owners who choose to join the district in completing new energy improvements to their property.

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