DENVER — Friday, May 26, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on Thursday’s accident at an oil and gas site in Mead, Colo:
“Today is about the victims and families of the Mead accident. It’s a terrible tragedy and our hearts and prayers are with them and the entire Mead community. Our state agencies are in constant contact with local authorities and have offered our full assistance and resources. We certainly recognize the safety concerns raised given the recent home explosion in Firestone, but at this time we have no reason to believe that there is any relationship between the circumstances that led to these two accidents. It is important to note that this was a workplace incident that also will be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Our number one priority is public safety. We will continue to work closely with investigating agencies and the industry to better understand the cause of this accident and take any necessary action to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”
DENVER — Friday, May 26, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed SB17-254 “2017-18 Long Appropriations Bill” into law.
SB17-254 establishes an operating budget of $28.7 billion from all fund sources in FY 2017-18, with $10.6 billion from the General Fund. This represents a 5.8 percent increase over FY 2016-17 total funds appropriations, and a 5.7 percent General Fund increase.
"This bill, and the passage of the hospital provider fee enterprise, allowed us to avoid draconian decisions to important parts of the budget and protected funding for health care and schools,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “I applaud the commitment and collaboration of all of the participants in this process as they once again showed a spirit of bipartisanship that effectively serves the the people of Colorado.”
DENVER — Thursday, May 25, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Monday, May 29, in recognition of Memorial Day, and as proclaimed by President Donald J. Trump. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to noon.