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OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETUESDAY, JAN. 12, 2010 CONTACTSGeorge Merritt, 303.918.1071, george.merritt@state.co.usEvan Dreyer, 720.350.8370, evan.dreyer@state.co.usGOV. RITTER OUTLINES 2010 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES Standing with state Senate President Brandon Shaffer and House Speaker TerranceCarroll, Gov. Bill Ritter said today he intends to devote his final legislativesession to creating good jobs for Coloradans, continuing Colorado’s economicrecovery and keeping the state budget balanced. “Over the next four months, our laser-like focus will be on economic recovery, jobcreation and responsibly managing the state’s finances,” Gov. Ritter said. “We’llcontinue to work tirelessly on behalf of Colorado’s families and small businessesas we lead Colorado forward.“Our strategies are working,” Gov. Ritter said. “Colorado’s unemployment rate isamong the lowest in the country. We added new jobs to the economy in October andNovember, and we have one of the best economic outlooks in the nation. Thislegislative session, we are committed to keeping Colorado on the road to recoveryand maintaining Colorado as a national leader on issues such as energy, economicdevelopment, education and healthcare.” Legislative priorities for the 2010 session include: New Energy Economy· Increasing Colorado’s 20 percent by 2020 Renewable Energy Standard to 30percent by 2020. Gov. Ritter and lawmakers doubled the state’s voter-approved RESin 2007. The 20-by-20 goal is within reach and it’s time to set our goals higher
and continue creating tens of thousands of new jobs, increasing Colorado’s energysecurity and protecting our environment. · Making the Colorado State Park system the first in the country to usezero net energy by 2020. As Colorado continues to expand its New Energy Economy,this is an opportunity to increase the use of renewables and efficiency measuresin our state parks while also saving money and creating jobs.· Creating new markets and increasing demand for Colorado natural gaswhile maintaining Colorado’s balanced approach to responsible drilling andenvironmental protection. Job Creation & Training · Creating new green-job certificates and green-job training programs. AsColorado’s New Energy Economy continues to expand, we need to ensure that Coloradois supplying new energy companies with the best educated and skilled workforce inthe country. · Enacting new programs such as Health Care Jobs for Colorado, a NurseLoan Repayment Program and Job Training Accounts (Dec. 10 news release). · Strengthening Colorado’s creative industries through three pieces oflegislation that will make it easier for commercial and videogame producers toaccess state incentive funds, broaden the state’s Arts in Public Places law, andestablish a Creative Industries Division within the Office of Economic Development(Jan. 5 news release). Budget · Keeping the state budget balanced by taking a balanced approach that:spreads the burden and minimizes pain; asks state agencies, government employees,private businesses and public schools to share in the solutions; and protects thesafety net, public safety and programs that promote job growth. Gov. Ritter willbe submitting a new round of budget-cutting proposals to the legislature for FY09-10 in late January and for FY10-11 in mid-February. · Saving money and achieving greater efficiencies in the state’shealthcare budget through a Medicaid Modernization Act that will fight fraud, aswell as bills to standardize insurance claims and explanations of benefits, and

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