Press Releases

  • Friday, April 15, 2022

    More Coloradans Working Under Polis Administration’s Leadership: Colorado’s Job Recovery Continues to Outpace U.S. as Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop

    DENVER — Today, Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced that Colorado’s unemployment rate has dropped to 3.7% in March. Strong growth in the labor force participation rate and employment-population ratio for three straight months puts Colorado as the fifth fastest recovery in participation rate in the nation through February. In February, Colorado had the third highest participation rate among states.
  • Thursday, April 14, 2022

    Gov. Polis Takes Innovative Action to Attract New & Skilled Talent to State Workforce

    BOULDER - Today, Governor Polis took innovative action to attract new and skilled talent to Colorado’s thriving economy and continue to make the state an employer of choice. The Governor signed an Executive Order directing state agencies to consider job applicants’ skills and experiences as substitutions for educational degrees and certifications when making hiring decisions, a practice known as skills-based hiring. The Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) is responsible for developing guidance and strategies to assist state agencies to implement skills-based hiring practices, and working with agencies to update job postings to reflect the skills-based approach.
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022

    Governor Polis Signs Bills Into Law

    DENVER — Today, Governor Jared Polis signed six bills into law, including legislation to support wildfire victims and elevate student success.
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022

    Governor Jared Polis Announces Celebrate Colorado: Statewide Block Party Celebrating Coloradans’ Resilience

    DENVER — Today, Governor Polis announced Celebrate Colorado, a weekend-long statewide celebration from May 6th - 8th, 2022, with free and discounted activities for Coloradans to enjoy in their communities. Coloradans have shown resilience, strength, and compassion over the challenging past two years, and Celebrate Colorado is a great opportunity for families, friends, neighbors, and communities to come together in celebration. 
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022

    Governor Polis Applauds Senate for Passing Top Administration Priority: Free Universal Preschool to Help Save Colorado Families Money

    DENVER — Today, Governor Polis released a statement following the passage of HB22-1295, the Department of Early Childhood and Universal Preschool legislation, sponsored by Senator Janet Buckner, President Steve Fenberg, Representative Emily Sirota, and Speaker Alec Garnett through the Senate on second reading. Governor Polis has championed Universal Preschool since day one.
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022

    Gov. Polis, State Legislators & Community Members Highlight Legislation to Address Housing Affordability in Colorado

    DENVER — Today, Governor Jared Polis was joined by Senator Jeff Bridges, Representative David Ortiz, and community leaders to announce efforts to tackle Colorado’s housing costs, leveraging a once-in-a-generation opportunity provided by $400 million for housing relief in American Recovery Plan Act funds. Developed from recommendations made by the Affordable Housing Transformational Task Force, proposed legislation takes an all-hands-on-deck approach, including grant, revolving loans, and incentive programs to engage community partners representing a broad range of needs — from innovative housing businesses to local governments and community developers. These programs are designed to better provide affordable housing solutions that hardworking Coloradans deserve.
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022

    Governor Polis Celebrates Ute Day at the Capitol & Signs Bill Into Law to Support Tribal Communities

    DENVER — Governor Jared Polis and Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera yesterday joined the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Ute Indian Tribe Tribal Councils to celebrate Ute Day at the Capitol. Governor Jared Polis signed legislation into law  to support communication between the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the State of Colorado, and to establish an annual Tribal address before the General Assembly. 
  • Monday, April 11, 2022

    Governor Polis Applauds Biden Administration, Sec. Vilsack on Securing Critical Investment in Wildfire Risk Reduction Using Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Funds

    LYONS — Today, Governor Jared Polis released a statement following U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s announcement that $131 million in funding provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure law will begin work on the Forest Service’s 10-year strategy to protect communities and improve resilience in America's forests.