Gov. Hickenlooper joins bipartisan group of governors calling on Congress to renew DACA funding

DENVER — Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper along with 10 other governors today sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging action on behalf of Dreamers. They called for a bipartisan resolution to continue funding for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA.

“This holiday hostage situation has gone on too long,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Like CHIP participants, DACA recipients sit in fear as their futures are used as bargaining chips. Lawmakers appear more concerned with personal agendas rather than advancing good policy.”

Gov. Hickenlooper sends request to Joint Budget Committee to extend CHP+

DENVER — Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today sent an emergency supplemental request to the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) to extend Colorado’s Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) through February.

"Vulnerable children and pregnant women are being used as bargaining chips,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “This request is not a cure. It’s a one-time only bandaid as we wait for Congress to do what’s right and secure CHIP funding.”

Colorado opts in to first responder network

DENVER — Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced that Colorado will join FirstNet, the wireless broadband network to be developed specifically to improve communications among first responders and public safety.

“We are opting to allow FirstNet to make an investment in Colorado that promises to make our state more resilient against threats to our safety,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We, together with Colorado’s Governing Board, are confident that the investment will not only benefit public safety, but also provide much needed telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas of our state.”

FirstNet is a public private partnership with AT&T housed within the U.S. Department of Commerce. AT&T will build, operate and maintain the secure wireless broadband communications network at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

The decision to join FirstNet was based on a review and analysis by the Colorado FirstNet Governing Board, chaired by Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade and composed of members from across the state.

Gov. Hickenlooper joins bipartisan group of 12 governors calling for Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance program

DENVER — Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 — Today, Gov. Hickenlooper joined a bipartisan group of 12 governors, urging Congress to move quickly and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance program. About 75,000 children and nearly 800 pregnant women in Colorado stand to lose health care coverage if the program is not renewed.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on President Trump’s decision to shrink Utah national monuments

DENVER — Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on the President’s decision to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah:

“Preserving and expanding our national monuments is keeping in the best traditions of our country. In Colorado, we value our lands because they are part of our fabric and they strengthen local economies. We hope our leaders can find a way to let monuments remain and return their focus to more pressing issues facing our country.”

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on Senate tax bill

DENVER — Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on the Senate’s vote of the tax bill:

“Tax reform should work for everyone, not just corporations. The bill, passed by the U.S. Senate under the cover of darkness, will borrow nearly $1.5 TRILLION from future generations.

“Thoughtful bipartisan analysis was ignored. Changes were made right up until the vote, with parts of the bill hand scribbled and illegible. This is not democracy the way the founders intended.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Friednash resignation, new Chief of Staff Patrick Meyers

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Doug Friednash will leave his role as the Governor’s Chief of Staff to rejoin the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. Patrick Meyers will replace Friednash as Chief of Staff.

Before joining the Governor’s team, Friednash’s career in public service included serving as a state legislator in the Colorado House of Representatives, an assistant attorney general, serving as the Denver City Attorney and litigating high profile public law matters. Friednash was a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck before he was brought on as the Governor’s Chief of Staff in February of 2015. Friednash graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of San Diego School of Law.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces clemency for offenders who have served their sentences

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement regarding his decision to grant clemency for 22 individuals who have served their time and are currently contributing members of their communities:

“Clemency is one of the most difficult issues a leader can face. It’s a sobering task of significant consequence. Those who apply yearn for peace of mind and the chance to continue contributing to their families and communities in meaningful ways.  

“After careful review, today I granted 22 pardons to individuals who have taken great strides to improve their lives and their communities. In many cases, they have overcome significant obstacles. Some of their criminal actions resulted from a drug addiction, some from youthful indiscretion, some from difficult childhoods or family situations, and some for reasons even they do not understand. All come from different walks of life and have a unique story to tell.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Michael Lewis as executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Michael Lewis will be the next Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). He will assume this role in December.

Lewis most recently served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for CDOT where he provided policy, technical, organizational and operational direction for the $1.4 billion organization with 3,000 employees. He also served as Director of Rhode Island Department of Transportation, is a former President of the American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and is a member of the National Academy of Construction (NAC).

Governor proposes Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget request, includes plan to address unfunded pension liabilities

DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 — Today Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 State budget request to the Joint Budget Committee of the General Assembly. Relative to expected FY 2017-18 appropriations, the request reflects a total funds budget of $30.5 billion, an increase of just under $1.09 billion or 3.7 percent. In the General Fund, the request totals $11.5 billion, an increase of $292.1 million or 2.6 percent.

The Governor wrote that the passage of Senate Bill 17-267 materially and positively changed the State’s financial outlook compared with one year ago, when the budget request closed a $500 million funding gap in the General Fund.

“Significant progress was made last year to address critical needs in Colorado,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “This new budget supports education and public safety needs across the state. But history tells us to be ready for when times are not as good. By building up reserves and shoring our pension plan, this proposal meets the needs of today and provides a buffer for tomorrow.”

The budget request sets aside a sufficient amount of expected collections to grow the State’s General Fund budget reserve to 7.0 percent of spending from the current 6.5 percent target.