Gov. Hickenlooper prioritizes funding for transportation and education with latest revenue forecast

DENVER — Monday, March 19, 2018 — The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast.

General Fund revenue is experiencing additional expected growth compared to the December 2017 revenue forecast. General Fund revenue is forecast to increase 12.9 percent in FY 2017-18. General Fund revenue is projected to increase at a modest 3.2 percent in FY 2018-19 due to lower employment growth in a tight labor market and as income tax revenue grows more slowly.

Colorado’s Strategic Partnership with Jordan Culminates in National Security Forum with Prince Feisal of Jordan March 13

DENVER — Monday, March 12, 2018 — His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Ibn Al-Hussein, of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, will be the honored guest of Gov. Hickenlooper for a national security forum entitled “Crisis & Clarity in the Middle East.” The event is March 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The forum also will include Ambassador Dennis Ross, Middle East policy adviser to five U.S. presidents, and will be moderated by Catherine Herridge, award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for Fox News Channel. The event is part of the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL)’s global security speaker series.

“It is an honor to have His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Ibn Al-Hussein join us to speak to Jordan’s partnership with the state of Colorado and the United States,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “In light of current security challenges in the Middle East, the National Guard State Partnership Program is more important than ever. We are eager to hear from the expert panel on what the future holds for the Middle East and how it will impact Jordan, the U.S. and Colorado.”

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on the Colorado House vote to expel Rep. Steve Lebsock

DENVER — Friday, March 2, 2018 — This afternoon, Gov. Hickenlooper released the following statement as the Colorado House of Representatives voted to expel Rep. Steve Lebsock after allegations of sexual harassment were investigated and found to be credible.

“Today’s vote by Colorado’s House of Representatives was important and necessary to address well-documented instances of sexual harassment in the workplace. This has been a painful chapter and it is our sincere hope that we all learn from the bravery of the women who came forward.”

Governor reaffirms his support of actions taken by the Colorado House to address sexual misconduct allegations facing lawmakers

DENVER — Thursday, March 1, 2018 — This afternoon, Gov. Hickenlooper reaffirmed his support of actions taken by the House of the Representatives to address sexual misconduct allegations facing lawmakers.

“I do not endorse President Grantham’s plan as presented today. As I’ve previously stated, in situations such as the ones we’ve been dealing with, a fair investigation by an independent third party should take place before any action is taken. In the case of Rep. Lebsock, an investigation is concluded and the House of Representatives should proceed under the rules it has established.”

Senate bill on taxation of retail marijuana sales signed into law

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 — Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne* signed SB 18-088 into law today. The measure clarifies that: retail marijuana sales remain subject to the sales taxes of the Regional Transportation District, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, and Health Services Districts and any other sales taxes that limited purpose governmental entities levied on retail marijuana sales before July 1, 2017; and special district or other limited purpose governmental entity that was not levying sales tax on retail marijuana before July 1, 2017, may not levy sales tax on retail marijuana sales.

COGCC approves comprehensive new flowline regulations

DENVER — Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) today approved comprehensive new regulations addressing oversight of flowlines and related infrastructure associated with oil and gas development.

The nine-member commission unanimously approved the updated regulations following three days of testimony from the public, local governments, homebuilders, citizen groups, trade associations and members of the oil and gas industry on more than 20 pages of proposed new and amended rules.

“We believe these new rules are another important step in the aftermath of the Firestone tragedy,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “State government and local municipalities depend on the commitment that industry is doing everything to to keep our communities safe.”

The flowline rules take numerous steps to strengthen requirements for design, installation, maintenance, testing, tracking and abandoning flowlines. Flowlines describe the kinds of pipelines that most typically move fluids around specific oil and gas development locations from wells to separators to storage tanks or to larger pipelines.

Gov. Hickenlooper statement on death of El Paso County sheriff’s deputy and others injured in gun violence

DENVER — Monday, Feb. 05, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement following the death of an El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy.

“A senseless act of violence has claimed the life of another member of Colorado’s law enforcement family. Late this afternoon, we learned that El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Micah Flick was killed, two other deputies were injured, as was a Colorado Springs police officer and two bystanders. With the recent loss of now three deputies and many others injured, there’s no denying the grave impact this sequence of shootings is having on our state.

“We will once more come together to provide sympathy and strength for the deputy’s loved ones and pray for the recovery of those injured; however, we also must come together and say enough is enough. We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service.”