Colorado revenue forecast shows a slower pace of growth

DENVER — Friday, March 18, 2016 — The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic forecast.

Colorado’s economy continues to grow at a slower pace than in recent years with General Fund revenue forecasted to increase just 1.5 percent in FY 2015-16. Several factors are converging to cause the marked slowdown in revenue growth this fiscal year, including the deep contraction in the oil and gas sector, a continued tepid stock market, and global economic pressures that are reducing corporate profits.

OSPB expects General Fund revenue growth to rebound moderately in FY 2016-17 from continued economic expansion and as some of the factors weighing on revenue collections this fiscal year abate. General Fund revenue is projected to increase 6.4 percent in FY 2016-17, which is below the rates experienced in most years of the current expansion.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, March 18, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced several Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council, Colorado Coroners Standards and Training Board, Colorado Podiatry Board and Juvenile Parole Board.

The State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council advises the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on matters relating to emergency medical and trauma services programs. The Council’s duties include developing curricula for the training of emergency medical personnel, establishing requirements for ambulance vehicles and services, and determining the eligibility of facilities to receive trauma center designation.

Gov. Hickenlooper proclaims “Buffs and Rams are Dancing Day”

DENVER — Thursday, March 17, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today proclaimed “Buffs and Rams are Dancing Day” in recognition of the University of Colorado men’s basketball team and Colorado State University women’s basketball team both earning well-deserved spots in the NCAA tournament, also know as the Big Dance.

Today, the CU Buffaloes take on the University of Connecticut Huskies in the South Regional in Des Moines, Iowa. On Saturday, the CSU Rams first opponent will be the University of South Florida Bulls in the Bridgeport Regional in Los Angeles, California.

Gov. Hickenlooper statement on nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for Supreme Court Justice

DENVER — Wednesday, March 16, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper issued the following statement following the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland for Supreme Court Justice:

“Today, President Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Judge Garland has had a distinguished career as a judge and prosecutor, and has more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history. He earned strong bipartisan support for his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and throughout his career. He deserves to be considered, and I hope the Senate will honor its constitutional responsibilities. The United States Supreme Court has serious legal challenges before it. A fully functioning Supreme Court is of vital importance to this country.”

Gov. Hickenlooper launches new program to assist rural economies

DENVER — Tuesday, March 15, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the next phase for the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 - Blueprint Initiatives - which invites the state’s rural communities and regions to apply for specialized resources to help make their economies more robust.

“These initiatives are all outcomes of the informative roundtables we held in communities throughout the state last year,” said Hickenlooper. “We will be deploying the most requested resources across the state through Blueprint Initiatives.”

From March 15 - June 1, 2016, rural Colorado communities and regions can apply for specialized resources from the Colorado Office of Economic Development, other state agencies, and external partners to help address their own unique economic development issues. Regions and communities must apply through their local economic developer to ensure there is broad support in the community for the initiative. Selected communities will be announced in July for site visits accompanying the resources, with additional communities being selected for visits in 2017.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered for Park County sheriff Nate Carrigan

DENVER — Friday, March 11, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on Monday, March 14, on all public buildings statewide in memory of Park County sheriff Corporal Nate Carrigan. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Flags were ordered to be lowered on March 7 in honor of Nancy Reagan and can be raised to full staff tonight at sunset.

Carrigan, 35, was killed serving a high-risk eviction notice at a home in Bailey on February 24, 2016.

Carrigan served with the Park County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. He is survived by his fiance, stepchildren and several family members. Carrigan’s family has a long history in law enforcement including service by his grandfather and two brothers.

Known as “Coach Carrigan” in the community, he dedicated much of his time coaching football, baseball and wrestling.

Services for Carrigan will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Bible Chapel, 6210 Ward Road, Arvada.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, March 11, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced several Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Private Occupational School Board and Colorado Lottery Commission.

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission investigates complaints and conducts hearings concerning alleged discrimination in employment, apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training, and vocational schools. The Commission also investigates the existence of discriminatory or unfair employment practices by a person, employment agency, labor organization, or vocational school.  It is also charged with the promotion of good will and cooperation among various racial, religious, and ethnic groups in the state.