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.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces 2017 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal Recipients

DENVER — Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper today announced the recipients of the 2017 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals. Inaugurated by Executive Order and supported by all living Colorado Governors, the Medal is one of the highest honors bestowed upon citizens and organizations of Colorado for their meritorious contributions to the strength and vitality of the state. Gov. Hickenlooper and Quarterly Forum (QF) will present the Medals at the Governor’s Leadership Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the History Colorado Center.

“The Governor’s Citizenship Medal is a tribute to the idea that each of us, no matter our path, has the opportunity to make a significant impact on our state,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These individuals and companies have helped push Colorado forward, inspiring others along the way.”

The 2017 Medal categories and recipients are:

1. Emerging Community Leader Taylor Phinney, American Cyclist, Boulder - This award recognizes a young community leader who has demonstrated professional excellence and positive impact on the community and serves as an example for future generations. Taylor Phinney is renowned for his laid back persona, tenacity on the bike and leadership among his international teammates.

The Colorado native is the son of two Olympians. His father Davis Phinney was the first American to win a road stage at the Tour de France. His mother Connie Carpenter won the first Olympic women's road race in 1984. Phinney followed in his family footsteps early in his career, making his Olympic debut at the age of 18 in Beijing. Four years later, Phinney won the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia, Italy's biggest race, and wore the coveted maglia rosa donned by the Giro's race leader. He's raced in the stars and stripes of the US national time trial champion. He's won bike races in Poland, Holland and UAE, Colorado, California and Utah.

A crash at 60 miles an hour during the U.S. National Road Championships left Phinney with a potentially career-ending fractured leg. Phinney was told by doctors he might never ride again. He rode. And he raced.

Gov. Hickenlooper joins bipartisan group of 10 governors calling for action on new agreement to stabilize private health insurance markets

DENVER — Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 — Today, Gov. Hickenlooper joined a bipartisan group of 10 governors, urging Congress to move quickly and pass legislation to stabilize private health insurance markets and make quality health insurance more available and affordable. Senators Alexander and Murray have negotiated and developed a bipartisan agreement that will help achieve these goals. In the letter, the governors say the legislation deserves a vote by the House and Senate.

View the full letter here.

Governors Hickenlooper and Kasich issue statement on President Trump’s decision to end cost sharing reduction payments

DENVER — Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Gov. John Kasich issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to end cost sharing reduction payments.

“The President’s decision to eliminate cost-sharing subsidies is going to result in confusion and higher health insurance costs for many Americans. Insurers will be forced to protect themselves from the uncertainty this creates and American families will pay more as a result and have less access to health care coverage.