Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor the victims of the attack in Brussels, Belgium

DENVER —  Tuesday, March 22, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be flown at half-staff on all public buildings statewide beginning immediately until sunset, March 26, 2016, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama.

The full text of the president’s proclamation:

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release March 22, 2016

Gov. Hickenlooper statement on Supreme Court denial of interstate marijuana lawsuit

DENVER — Monday, March 21, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper issued the following statement today regarding the United States Supreme Court denial of the interstate challenge to Colorado’s legal marijuana laws:

“Since Colorado voters overwhelming passed legal recreational marijuana in 2012, we have worked diligently to put in place a regulatory framework - the first in the world - that allows this new industry to operate while protecting public health and safety. With today's Supreme Court ruling, the work we've completed so far remains intact. The Attorney General's office has done a remarkable job of vigorously defending the Colorado Constitution. We thank them for their hard work on this case."

Colorado revenue forecast shows a slower pace of growth

DENVER — Friday, March 18, 2016 — The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic forecast.

Colorado’s economy continues to grow at a slower pace than in recent years with General Fund revenue forecasted to increase just 1.5 percent in FY 2015-16. Several factors are converging to cause the marked slowdown in revenue growth this fiscal year, including the deep contraction in the oil and gas sector, a continued tepid stock market, and global economic pressures that are reducing corporate profits.

OSPB expects General Fund revenue growth to rebound moderately in FY 2016-17 from continued economic expansion and as some of the factors weighing on revenue collections this fiscal year abate. General Fund revenue is projected to increase 6.4 percent in FY 2016-17, which is below the rates experienced in most years of the current expansion.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, March 18, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced several Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council, Colorado Coroners Standards and Training Board, Colorado Podiatry Board and Juvenile Parole Board.

The State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council advises the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on matters relating to emergency medical and trauma services programs. The Council’s duties include developing curricula for the training of emergency medical personnel, establishing requirements for ambulance vehicles and services, and determining the eligibility of facilities to receive trauma center designation.

Gov. Hickenlooper proclaims “Buffs and Rams are Dancing Day”

DENVER — Thursday, March 17, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today proclaimed “Buffs and Rams are Dancing Day” in recognition of the University of Colorado men’s basketball team and Colorado State University women’s basketball team both earning well-deserved spots in the NCAA tournament, also know as the Big Dance.

Today, the CU Buffaloes take on the University of Connecticut Huskies in the South Regional in Des Moines, Iowa. On Saturday, the CSU Rams first opponent will be the University of South Florida Bulls in the Bridgeport Regional in Los Angeles, California.

Gov. Hickenlooper statement on nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for Supreme Court Justice

DENVER — Wednesday, March 16, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper issued the following statement following the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland for Supreme Court Justice:

“Today, President Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Judge Garland has had a distinguished career as a judge and prosecutor, and has more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history. He earned strong bipartisan support for his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and throughout his career. He deserves to be considered, and I hope the Senate will honor its constitutional responsibilities. The United States Supreme Court has serious legal challenges before it. A fully functioning Supreme Court is of vital importance to this country.”

Gov. Hickenlooper launches new program to assist rural economies

DENVER — Tuesday, March 15, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the next phase for the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 - Blueprint Initiatives - which invites the state’s rural communities and regions to apply for specialized resources to help make their economies more robust.

“These initiatives are all outcomes of the informative roundtables we held in communities throughout the state last year,” said Hickenlooper. “We will be deploying the most requested resources across the state through Blueprint Initiatives.”

From March 15 - June 1, 2016, rural Colorado communities and regions can apply for specialized resources from the Colorado Office of Economic Development, other state agencies, and external partners to help address their own unique economic development issues. Regions and communities must apply through their local economic developer to ensure there is broad support in the community for the initiative. Selected communities will be announced in July for site visits accompanying the resources, with additional communities being selected for visits in 2017.