Republicans Jump-Start 2018 Session with Fix Colorado Roads Act

Denver -- Today, in the opening hours of the 2018 legislative session, Senator Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs) and Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley) introduced Senate Bill 1, the “Fix Colorado Roads Act,” underscoring the importance Senate Republicans place on the issue.

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Senate Republicans Make Statewide Prosperity a Top Focus

Denver -- In an opening-day demonstration of their commitment to assisting parts of rural Colorado that often feel left behind by the boom times enjoyed by the urbanized Front Range, Colorado Senate Republicans made a rural broadband expansion bill the second measure to be read across the desk on opening day of the 2018 legislative session. The only bill they made a higher priority, Senate Bill-1, is a tax hike-free roadway modernization package that also could have broad economic benefits, if approved by voters next fall.

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Senate President Kevin J. Grantham Opening Day Speech

Senate President Kevin J. Grantham Opening Day Speech

January 10, 2018

Colleagues, Family, Honored guests,

Today is a day full of pageantry, ceremony, pomp, and circumstance. Today is a day where we accomplish some of the necessary procedures to get our business underway. But most importantly, today is the day where we chart the course for Colorado in this 2nd Regular Session of the 71st General Assembly.

But before we continue charting that course let’s remember those who have graced us with their presence and blessed us with their talent to make this such a memorable day. Thank you to the Colorado National Guard Honor Guard, my pastor, David Almanzar, Deputy Victor Holbert, and The Saunders Family for that wonderful performance of our National Anthem. Will you join me in honoring each of them. Thank you all for being here today.

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Senate Republicans: “We’re focused on you, Colorado”

(DENVER) – Colorado Senate Republicans released their 2018 General Assembly Session introductory video today, entitled “We’re focused on you, Colorado,” on their Facebook and YouTube page.

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Baumgardner Calls Road-Funding Idea Interesting but Inadequate

Denver -- Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs) today gave mixed reviews to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s plan to use a portion of a surprise $1 billion revenue bump to kick-start work on Colorado’s chronically underfunded roads. While the sums of money Hickenlooper floated offered a welcome starting point for discussions, said Baumgardner, they fell short of the long term commitment required to tackle the state’s $9 billion road maintenance backlog.

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Grantham Welcomes Jahn Decision to Change Party Affiliation

(Denver) – Colorado Senate President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Canon City) released the following statement today in response to news that State Senator Cheri Jahn has switched her party affiliation from “Democrat” to “Unaffiliated” as she enters her final legislative session:  

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President Grantham’s Statement on CHP+ Funding

Denver – The Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado General Assembly today unanimously approved $9.6 million to extend CHP+ funding through the end of February 2018. This funding is contingent on the recent spending bill passed through the U.S. House of Representatives either failing in the U.S. Senate or being vetoed by President Trump, as it contains funding for the CHIP program through March of 2018.

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Grantham Wants Additional Revenue Directed Toward Roads

Denver -- A state economic forecast released today, showing general fund revenue collections far outpacing expectations, prompted Senate President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Canon City) to call on Gov. Hickenlooper and Statehouse Democrats to commit a greater future share of general fund dollars toward addressing the state’s road funding backlog, or “negative factor,” which has ballooned to an estimated $9 billion due to a recent history of funding diversions and neglect.

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811 Awareness Tour Hits Western Slope Wednesday

Denver -- State Senators Ray Scott (R – Grand Junction) and Kerry Donovan (D-Vail) wrap-up their bipartisan 811 Awareness Tour Wednesday on Colorado's Western Slope, with events in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction. The lawmakers have used the events to educate Coloradans about the importance of the 811 System and highlight their bipartisan plans for reforming the system.

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Bipartisan 811 Reform Town Halls Continue in Arvada

DENVER – Building off the success of last Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Greeley, State Senators Ray Scott (R – Grand Junction) and Kerry Donovan (D-Vail) will travel to Arvada, Colorado, for the second of four bipartisan town halls highlighting the important role played by the 811 System in preventing mishaps related to buried energy or utilities infrastructure.

 

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