E.g., Jun 22 2017
E.g., Jun 22 2017

Gov. Hickenlooper signs executive order that redesigns the state’s Education Leadership Council

DENVER — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper signed an executive order this week to redesign the state’s Education Leadership Council (ELC). The ELC was first established in 2011 to provide a forum to discuss statewide education issues.

“We’re pulling together many of the best minds in education, government and workforce to create a broad strategic vision that includes all levels of education - from preschool through college and beyond - in the state of Colorado,” said Governor John Hickenlooper.

The ELC will develop a vision, strategic plan and recommendations for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly. It will utilize existing work from the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Department of Higher Education; will benchmark Colorado’s performance against other states and countries; will create a structure to gather feedback from a broad array of stakeholders, including parents, teachers, students, special needs populations, community leaders and education interest groups; and develop potential legislative and budgetary recommendations for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly.

The ELC will be housed under the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

“Children are our greatest resource. We owe it to them to ensure they have every chance to succeed and that means closing our education attainment gaps which will improve graduation rates and ensure we have a highly trained workforce,” said Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne.

Nominations now being accepted for the Governor’s Service Awards

DENVER — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards. These awards are presented in appreciation to individuals, community and civic leaders, various organizations, and AmeriCorps members for outstanding contributions to volunteerism and service throughout the State of Colorado.

Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 5 p.m. The awards will be presented during a special awards ceremony at the State Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

Nominations must be submitted through an online form, which can be found at this link or through the Serve Colorado website. For more information on the Governor’s Service Awards or Serve Colorado, please contact Nellie Stagg at 303-866-2119 or Nellie.Stagg@state.co.us.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on Senate health care bill

DENVER — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s health care bill:

"The Senate’s health care bill, like the House bill, will take Colorado backward. It makes even deeper cuts to health care for the most vulnerable and shifts the costs onto hard working middle class Coloradans. It's no surprise that a bill drafted in secret, without public hearings and scrutiny, and planned for a rushed vote within days, will hurt Coloradans. We urge Senators Gardner and Bennet to vote no on this flawed bill."

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, June 21, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Agricultural Commission, State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Commission on Family Medicine, State Board of Nursing, Passenger Tramway Safety Board, Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board, Colorado Racing Commission and Real Estate Commission.

The State Agricultural Commission formulates policy with respect to the management of the Department of Agriculture. The Commission also advises and makes recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly.

For a term expiring March 1, 2019:

Rebecca Lynn Larson of Longmont, an Unaffiliated, from the Second Agricultural District to serve as a member from the State at-large, and occasioned by the resignation of Susan Kay Petrocco of Brighton, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Delta County judge

DENVER — Tuesday, June 20, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed Jin Ho Pack as a judge on the Delta County Court in the 7th Judicial District. She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Sandra Miller.

Pack currently serves as the County Attorney for Delta County, a position she has held since 2015. In that capacity, Pack manages the county's civil law proceedings, reviews and approves contracts for the county, and provides general legal advice to the County's elected officials and agency leadership. Previously, Pack worked as an Assistant County Attorney for Delta County (2014-15), as an Associate at Kaplan Law L.L.C. (2013-14), as a Child Support Enforcement Unit Attorney for Young Williams Child Support Services (2011-13), and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu, HI (2005-06). Pack earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University in 2000 and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2003.

Pack’s appointment is effective Aug. 4, 2017.

Gov. Hickenlooper statement on Colorado Energy Office

DENVER — Tuesday, June 20, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper issued the following statement regarding the Joint Budget Committee’s vote on funding for the Colorado Energy Office.

“We are disappointed that the Joint Budget Committee, voting along party lines, denied our request to fund the Energy Office. Based on my conversations with leadership, I had hoped for a different result. The Colorado Energy Office plays a vital role in promoting innovative production and efficient consumption practices for all energy resources. The Energy Office administers a wide range of programs that save Coloradans millions in energy costs. These include weatherization services to low-income households in all 64 counties, free energy audits and technical assistance to agricultural producers, and financing for energy improvements to commercial properties. We will continue to explore all options to fund this important work.”

State revenue forecast shows strong pace of growth

​DENVER — Tuesday, June 20, 2017 — The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast.

General Fund revenue is increasing a modest 3.4 percent in FY 2016-17 and is forecast to increase at a stronger rate of 6.7 percent in FY 2017-18. Although sales taxes and individual income taxes are recovering from the oil and gas downturn and weaker economic growth during 2015 and 2016, General Fund revenue growth overall this fiscal year was weighed down by a few factors. Notably, it appears some taxpayers delayed income from investment gains in anticipation of federal tax changes. Also, the continued decline in corporate income tax revenue impacted General Fund revenue growth. However, these factors will not reduce growth in FY 2017-18, which will allow for the stronger rate of increase.

“Colorado reached two significant milestones this year - the number one economy in the country and the state’s lowest unemployment on record,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Our challenge now is maintaining this success and that requires addressing tight labor and affordable housing conditions.”

Economic activity in Colorado overall remains positive. Colorado’s technology-related sectors remain robust, and continue to fuel much of the state’s growth. Less populated areas continue to experience lower job and income growth than along the Front Range. Furthermore, regions of the state that are dependent on agriculture continue to struggle with subdued farm income and continued low commodity prices.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, June 19, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Board of Psychologist Examiners.

The State Board of Psychologist Examiners reviews applicants for licensure and issues a license to those who those who meet the requirements to be a psychologist in the State of Colorado.

For terms expiring May 31, 2021:

Cheryl Prevendar Zuber, Psy.D, of Centennial, to serve as a psychologist, reappointed;
Juan Muniz of Denver, to serve as a public member, appointed.

Colorado receives $4.5 million grant to launch lab aimed at assessing and improving state programs

June 19, 2017,  Denver, CO— Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne today announced the launch of the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (CEAL), an innovative government-research partnership that will be housed at the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver. CEAL will work with state officials to evaluate public policies, design improvements to existing programs, and pilot new interventions intended to benefit Colorado residents.   

The lab is part of the Hickenlooper Administration’s ongoing effort to make Colorado state government more effective and to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. CEAL is modeled after other “policy labs” in various regions across the country, including California, Washington, D.C., Michigan, Rhode Island, and Houston, Texas. Policy labs are government-research partnerships that seek to integrate evaluation into policymaking by pairing experienced researchers with state and local officials in order to study problems and scale proven solutions.

“The lab is the first program of its kind in Colorado,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We owe it to the citizens of our state to ensure that the programs we undertake deliver on what they set out to do.”

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, June16, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Developmental Disabilities Council, the Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Board, the Juvenile Parole Boad, the Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners Board, and the Mental Health Advisory Board for Service Standards and Regulations.

The Developmental Disabilities Council

The Developmental Disabilities Council is responsible for coordinating services and advocating for persons with developmental disabilities.

Effective July 1, 2017 for a term expiring July 1, 2018:

Alicia Eakins of Denver, to serve as a parent/guardian of an immediate relative with developmental disabilities, and occasioned by the resignation of Anuska Monique Ullal of Golden, appointed;