Grantham Responds to Talk of Special Session

DENVER -- Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) released the following statements today in response to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s threat to call a special session, due to an alleged lack of action on a number of issues dear to the governor’s heart, including transportation funding and the demise of the state’s energy office. While complaining about the session’s supposed shortcomings, Hickenlooper also called this the most productive legislative session he’s ever seen.

“I appreciate the governor’s desire to get things done," said Grantham. "But we had an opportunity for him to have engaged on these issues during a 120-day session, and now it’s Day 121. Unless the governor can point to successes on any of these issues he’s guaranteed to have, he’ll just be wasting taxpayer dollars."

 On the Impasse That Killed the Energy Office:

 “He’ll have to make the case that this constitutes some kind of emergency. We worked as well as we could with the governor’s office to get something done. But unless the governor’s ability to change the minds of House Democrats and leftist environmentalists has somehow been enhanced in the last 24 hours, I’m not sure what the point would be.”  

 On Transportation Funding:

 “If he wants a tax hike, is there a legislature that’s going to put that on the ballot for him now? Not this legislature, as we've already seen.”

 

 Please direct any media inquiries to Sean Paige at 719-337-0355.

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