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Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock are traveling to California to meet with business leaders there about Colorado. The governor and mayor’s offices say Hickenlooper and Hancock want to strengthen existing relationships and encourage California business leaders to look at Colorado when they want to expand or grow companies. The trip is Thursday… Continue Reading Hickenlooper, Hancock going to CA on business trip

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Gov. John Hickenlooper released an updated version of the statewide economic development plan created earlier this year to spur Colorado’s economy, help businesses grow and attract new jobs to the state. “Colorado is already seeing the benefits of taking a bottom-up, collaborative approach to economic development,” Hickenlooper said. “Earlier this month, Arrow Electronics announced it… Continue Reading Gov. updates the “bottom-up” economic development plan

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DHS to repeal 850 rules, regulations

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The Colorado Department of Human Services will repeal nearly 850 outdated, unnecessary rules, and revise another 2,000, said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Our commitment to cutting red tape and finding appropriate levels of regulation is no secret,” Hickenlooper said. “These proposed changes will help streamline operations in the Department of Human Services. Other state agencies are… Continue Reading DHS to repeal 850 rules, regulations

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Hickenlooper to shake up Oil-Gas Commission

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has drawn up a list of potential appointees to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and only two incumbents are on the list. Hickenlooper is nearly a month late in making appointments to the nine-member commission, which evaluates and issues permits. Two executive directors of state agencies will sit on the… Continue Reading Hickenlooper to shake up Oil-Gas Commission

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Concerns about bias, undue industry influence and conflicts of interest have been raised by consumer health groups as the state’s newly created health insurance exchange board prepares to hold its first meeting Monday. The board is responsible for creating the health insurance exchanges by 2014, the year they will be fully implemented. Created by the… Continue Reading Insurance exchange board faces criticism, scrutiny

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The Colorado House of Representatives has passed a bill that would add monthly premiums to the Child Health Plan Plus program for families with incomes between 206 percent and 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. The bill, SB 213, has already passed the Senate and is now on its way to the governor. The… Continue Reading Child health insurance funding-cut bill in governor’s hands

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a tourism bill into law yesterday, HB 1031. The bill is intended to help cities certify “creative districts” – through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade – to promote cultural growth and attract artistic industries. HB11-1031, sponsored by Rep. Joe Miklosi, D-Denver, defines a creative district as a “mixed-use… Continue Reading Hickenlooper signs ‘creative districts’ bill

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has plans to streamline state government by consolidating two divisions in the Department of Natural Resources. Hickenlooper plans announce details this afternoon at the state capitol. The proposal marks the latest step toward changing state functions. He has also merged two top-level positions: the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public… Continue Reading Hickenlooper’s latest streamlining plan in Natural Resources Dept.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper toured Fort Carson this morning and promised greater cooperation with military leaders. “Fort Carson has a $4 billion economic impact – and that reaches beyond El Paso County,” he said. “It’s the link between Colorado Sprigs and Pueblo, and I encouraged the military leaders to make use of that link to create… Continue Reading Hickenlooper tours Fort Carson, promises greater military cooperation

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