Building a Better Colorado
Last week, members from the House Republican leadership team embarked on our Building a Better Colorado Tour. We travelled across the Continental Divide and back to highlight the need to create jobs and to strengthen Colorado's economy.
House Republicans met with different constituencies to discuss ways we can bring Colorado out of this recession stronger and better than before by focusing on innovation and employers and not government growth.
House Republicans know that in order to create jobs, we need to get rid of burdensome regulations that are stifling the growth of our state's economy. We understand that higher taxes and more red tape hamstring small business owners and derail our efforts to jumpstart the economy.
By empowering our state's job creators and working with business leaders, my Republican colleagues in the House and I know we can build a better Colorado.
Rep. Frank McNulty
Speaker of the House
Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp resigned from the state legislature earlier this month so he can devote more time to his four kids. Sen. Bill Cadman was elected to lead the Caucus in the 2012 legislative session. For more informaion on the rest of the Senate Republican's new leadership, please click here.
Colorado House Republicans are encouraging Coloradans to donate to their local food banks for the holiday season. Members of the House GOP announced their own food drive at the Arvada Community Food Bank on their statewide listening tour earlier this month.
The Colorado Legislative Task Force to Study School Discipline approved draft legislation last week that would allow educators more discretion in adminstering punishment to pupils. For more information, click here.
Snapshots From the Road
“We’re thankful for leaders like those in the Majority caucus who took the time to meet with us today and hear our concerns about jobs, government regulations and water.”
-Gary Henrickson of the Colorado Livestock Association
“Coloradans are generous people. We’re asking Coloradans to join us in donating food to those who have been hit hardest during this recession, especially as we head into the holiday season.”
-State Rep. Libby Szabo, R-Arvada
“Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many of us have a lot to be grateful for. But not all our neighbors will have an opportunity for a family thanksgiving dinner without your help.”
-Ernie Giron, executive director of the Arvada Community Food Bank.
Loveland Ski Area
“We’re excited to see lawmakers as enthusiastic about growing Colorado’s ski and tourism industry as we are. Colorado’s ski industry is a robust economic engine for the state and we’re happy to work with House members to ensure this sector remains strong.”
-Melanie Mills, the President and CEO of Colorado Ski Country
“The Building a Better Colorado Tour shows the House Majority is serious about job creation. No one is better at creating jobs than Western Colorado’s energy sector, and we’re pleased to showcase member companies who are doing just that.”
-David Ludlam, Executive Director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association
Grand Junction, Colo.
“Having members from the House GOP visit our mill and listen to our needs is a sign of encouragement. We’re moving forward but there’s still a lot of ground to cover before we can stabilize this industry and be assured that it will survive to continue providing jobs and aid in promoting forest health.”
-Pat Donovan, of Cordes & Company
“We can save this industry and the jobs it provides."
-State Rep. Don Coram
“Times are tough for Coloradans, and fighting for jobs is my top priority as a state legislator. I’m proud that the House leadership made it down to southwest Colorado. It just shows how important the Republican leadership believes this community is to the rest of the state.”
-Stat Rep. J. Paul Brown
“We’ve met with job creators from across the state and have taken up their priorities as our own. House Republicans understand that the road to economic prosperity for Coloradans begins by removing barriers to business and empowering job creators.”
-Speaker of the House Frank McNulty
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ICYMI: News Highlights
House Republicans Back States' Rights over Federal Mandates in New Health Exchange
House GOP Kicks Off Building a Better Colorado Tour in Greeley
House GOP Encourages Coloradans to Donate Food During Their Building a Better Colorado Tour
House Republicans Visit Loveland Ski Area
Second Day of Tour, House Republicans Talk Jobs on Western Slope
House Republicans Meet With Leaders in Lumber Industry
House Republicans Conclude Second Day of Building a Better Colorado Tour in Durango
House Republicans Meet with La Junta Residents
House Republicans Visit Goodrich Brake Facility in Pueblo, Colo.
House GOP Concludes State Tour with Job Creators