Colorado River Basin States Move Forward with Contingency Plan to Address Looming Crisis

DENVER – Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – The seven Colorado River Basin States of Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming signed a letter to Congress today requesting legislation to implement a negotiated contingency plan that responds to the historic dry conditions and the effects of climate change on the Colorado River.

Colorado economic forecast shows moderate growth and an additional $29.6 million available in General Fund

DENVER — Friday, March 15, 2019 — The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic forecast.

Colorado’s economy continues growing, but at a more moderate pace than in 2017 and 2018. A rapidly growing labor force is allowing job growth to continue despite a low unemployment rate. Inflation is mild. Housing price growth and rental rate increases slowed in the second half of 2018 but affordability remains a concern. Commercial lending standards tightened slightly.

Under the forecast, an additional $29.6 million becomes available in the General Fund above the Governor’s budget request for FY 2019-20.

State government offices in Denver area and surrounding suburban counties will open late Thursday

DENVER — Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — State of Colorado government offices in Denver and surrounding suburban counties will open at 10 a.m. due to extreme weather conditions on Thursday, March 14. There will be a two-hour delay in scheduled start times for state employees to arrive to work safely.

State government offices in Denver area and surrounding suburban counties will be closed today

DENVER — Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — State of Colorado government offices in Denver and surrounding suburban counties will be closed due to anticipated extreme weather conditions today. State facilities essential to public health and safety will maintain regular operating schedules and “essential personnel” must report to work at their normal scheduled time.

Governor Polis and Attorney General Weiser File Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Receive Public Safety Funding

DENVER — Tuesday, March 12, 2019 — Governor Jared Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser will file a lawsuit in federal court today to ensure that state and local law enforcement agencies receive $2.7 million in public safety funds the state of Colorado is entitled to under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.

Gov. Polis encourages Colorado students to join innovative cybersecurity competition

DENVER — Thursday, March 7, 2019 — Gov. Jared Polis encourages all Colorado young women in grades 9-12 to sign up for the innovative 2019 Girls Go CyberStart challenge. This no-cost, online game of fun technical challenges empowers young women to explore the world of cybersecurity. Registration is open until the games begin on March 20.

Gov. Polis and AG Weiser statement on lawsuit against Trump administration’s emergency declaration

DENVER — Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 — Statement from Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser regarding the multistate lawsuit challenging President Trump’s emergency declaration:

“Colorado will join at least 10 other states in a multistate lawsuit challenging President Trump’s unconstitutional emergency declaration to build a border wall. After reviewing the specifics of this action over the weekend, we concluded that Colorado could lose tens of millions in military construction dollars that would be diverted to build the wall. Our military bases play a critical role in our nation’s readiness and are economic drivers in several communities.

In this action, we are fighting for Colorado’s interests and defending the rule of law.”

Gov. Polis statement on President’s state of emergency declaration

DENVER — Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 — Gov. Jared Polis today issued the following statement in regard to President Trump’s decision to bypass lawmakers and build a wall:

“President Donald Trump’s plan to circumvent Congress and declare a state of emergency for his personal vanity project is an astonishing abuse of power. This is not only a waste of taxpayer dollars but a distraction from the many real issues that affect hardworking Coloradans.

While the president tries to separate us— Coloradans, and my administration, will continue to unite by building a Colorado for all.”