DENVER — Friday, April 28, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed these bills into law today.
DENVER — Friday, April 28, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today vetoed Senate Bill 17-139, “Concerning the Extension of the Credit For Out-of-state Tobacco Sales.”
Senate Bill 17-139 would have extended the excise tax credit on cigars and other non-cigarette tobacco products sold directly to out-of-state consumers.
“We are unpersuaded that this credit created any significant economic impact,” said Governor John Hickenlooper in the veto letter. The letter goes on to say, “Senate Bill 17-139 harms Colorado’s ability to educate the public on risks associated with tobacco use.”
DENVER — Thursday, April 27, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement:
President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesday, April 26, that instructs the Secretary of Interior to review the designation of at least two dozen national monuments, including Colorado’s Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. The order also authorizes the Secretary to review any other monument designated after 1996 at his discretion.
Canyons of the Ancients was created in 2000 by President Clinton. It covers more than 175,000 acres in the Four Corners Region of southwest Colorado. Canyons of the Ancients attracts 30,000 visitors per year to a rural area of Colorado and contains the highest known archaeological site density in the United States, with rich, well-preserved evidence of native cultures.
Colorado’s 12 national parks and monuments, including Canyon of the Ancients, are treasures and major tourism draws to the state. According to Longwoods International, in 2015, the most popular activities for Colorado leisure visitors on their trip included visiting a national or state park (23 percent) and visiting a famous landmark or historic site (21 percent). Tourism drives 1 in 9 jobs in Colorado.