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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Executive Committee Adopts Key Components of President Grantham’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Initiative

(Dec. 15) – Today, the Executive Committee of the Legislative Council publicly met at the Capitol and agreed to the following three key components of President Kevin Grantham’s sexual harassment prevention initiative:

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Grantham Pays Tribute to PERA Executive Director Greg Smith

Denver -- Colorado Senate President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Canon City) today reacted with shock and sadness to news that Greg Smith, executive director of the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association, passed away suddenly during a vacation in Hawaii. Grantham praised Smith for the steady hand and consistent leadership he demonstrated while leading the state’s pension fund through challenging times.

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Town Halls Will Highlight Bipartisan Push for 811 Reform

DENVER -- State Senators Ray Scott (R – Grand Junction) and Kerry Donovan (D-Vail) on Tuesday will travel to Greeley, Colorado, for the first 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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