Senate Leaders Explain Opposition to Energy Office Funding Request

Denver— Senate President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Cañon City) and Assistant Majority Leader Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) today released the following statements in response to the Joint Budget Committee's rejection, on a vote of 3-3, of the governor's supplemental funding request for the Colorado Energy Office. 


Said Grantham:

"Colorado Senate leadership remains steadfast in the commitment to the goals embodied in Senate Bill 17-301, which was supported by the Governor’s office when it passed the Senate in April. We concur fully with the decision today of the Joint Budget Committee to not circumvent the Legislature's decision to halt  additional funding for the Energy Office. Bipartisan discussions are ongoing to develop legislation for the 2018 session that will establish a Colorado Energy Office with the broad mission of promoting all sectors of the energy industry for the benefit all Coloradans." 

Said Scott:

Supplemental budget requests typically come in response to dire circumstances of an urgent and unforeseen nature. The future of the governor’s Energy Office was extensively debated during session and is neither urgent nor unforeseen. There was ample opportunity at that time to reach a middle ground with Republicans, but an unwillingness on the part of House Democrats to compromise, or to consider alternative futures for The Office, doomed that reform bill and left its future in limbo. We hope Democrats will take this time to carefully reconsider the reforms expanding the Office to advocate for an all-of-the-above energy policy. We hope Democrats will be willing to join us in debate the Energy Office’s future in good faith, with a more constructive and open-minded attitude.”

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commented 2017-06-21 08:33:12 -0600 · Flag
GOP is a paid extension of OilNGas extractors that care for nobody. Tiny office concerned with helping people. Costs pennies. Shame on GOP.
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