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House Republicans announce 2015 Jobs & the Economy agenda

12/18/2014 Denver – Today, House Republicans announced their 2015 agenda of bills focusing on jobs and the economy. The agenda includes bills on the following subjects: eliminating the enterprise zone tax credit in enhanced rural enterprise zones, increasing the business personal property tax credit, helping small business comply with the ever-growing regulatory framework, leveling the playing field for small business, and limiting audits of private businesses to a stated purpose.   Representative-elect Yeulin Willett (R-Grand Junction) will be introducing a bill adding additional incentives to rural enterprise zones. Enterprise zones were created to incentivize businesses to establish or expand their operations to certain areas of Colorado by providing a tax credit to off-set investment costs.   “The current restrictions in enhanced rural enterprise zones, including the $750,000 enterprise zone tax credit cap, limits growth and … Read entire article »

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House Republicans announce 2015 Education agenda

12/17/2014 Denver – Today, House Republicans announced their 2015 agenda of bills focusing on education. The agenda includes bills helping to improve low-performing schools, replacing a federal tax deduction for teachers and allocating future budget surpluses to K-12 and higher education. In addition to these, House Republicans will continue their efforts to buy-down the negative factor.   Representative Kevin Priola (R-Henderson) will be introducing the Greatest Resources for Education Are Teachers Act, also known as the GREAT Act. The bill creates a four-year grant program enabling school districts to offer salary bonuses to attract and retain the highest rated teachers to Colorado’s lowest performing schools.   “Highly effective teachers are one of the most critical factors in reducing the achievement gap and making a difference in a student’s education and life,” said Priola. “The GREAT … Read entire article »

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House Republicans announce 2015 committee assignments

House Republicans announce 2015 committee assignments

12/15/2014 DENVER—Today, House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) announced committee assignments for members of the House Republican caucus.   “We are fortunate to have so many talented new and returning members in our caucus,” said DelGrosso. “Our members’ wealth of knowledge and experience from the private sector will be an invaluable contribution to the legislative process and help us achieve a more prosperous Colorado.”     The House Republican committee assignments are as follows: Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Rep. Don Coram, ranking … Read entire article »

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House Republicans announce 2015 Responsible Government agenda

12/11/2014 Denver – Today, House Republicans announced their 2015 agenda of bills focusing on responsible government practices. The agenda includes bills boosting funding to transportation, and protecting property rights and tax payer funds.   House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) will be introducing a bill to transfer $100 million in one-time monies from the General Fund to rebuild roads and bridges across Colorado. Rep. “The safety of our roads and bridges affects all Coloradans,” said DelGrosso. “This one-time $100 million dollar investment in our infrastructure is a fiscally prudent way to allocate our current resources and ensure Colorado’s families and businesses are travelling on safe roads and bridges.”   Representative Perry Buck (R-Windsor) will be introducing a bill requiring counties that enact a fracking ban to compensate mineral owners for the lost value of their property. “Our … Read entire article »

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House Republicans announce 2015 Public Safety & Victim Protection agenda

12/10/2014 Denver – Today, House Republicans announced their 2015 agenda of bills focusing on public safety and protecting victims. The agenda includes bills increasing penalties for multiple DUI convictions, regulating powdered alcohol pending FDA approval, mandating greater protections for children in foster care, and protecting personal data for victims of domestic violence.   Representative Lori Saine (R-Firestone) will be introducing legislation allowing district attorneys to charge a third DUI within seven years or a fourth DUI in a lifetime as a felony. Her bill mirrors the bill she sponsored with Representative Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs) last year that was killed by Senate Democrats on a party-line vote. “House Republicans have tried to increase penalties for habitual DUI offenders three times in the past five years and each time Democrats have blocked this important public … Read entire article »

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Unanimous Support for Nordberg’s expanded oversight of Connect for Health Colorado

Unanimous Support for Nordberg’s expanded oversight of Connect for Health Colorado

12/09/2014 Denver – Earlier today, the Legislative Audit Committee voted unanimously to support Representative Dan Nordberg’s (R-Colorado Springs) request to expand the Colorado Office of the State Auditor’s oversight of Connect for Health Colorado. Rep. Nordberg carried identical legislation last year, but while the bill passed the House by a vote of 60-1, Democrats in the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services killed the bill on a party-line vote. “Yesterday, the Auditor indicated that in addition … Read entire article »

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Nordberg renews call for expanded oversight of Connect for Health Colorado after auditor finds numerous violations and waste

Nordberg renews call for expanded oversight of Connect for Health Colorado after auditor  finds numerous violations and waste

12/08/2014 Denver – Today, the Colorado Office of the State Auditor reported its findings from a limited performance audit of Connect for Health Colorado. The report cited numerous federal law violations and identified questionable uses of federal funds. State Representative Dan Nordberg (R-Colorado Springs), a member of the Legislative Audit Committee, issued the following statements following the report: “With only a limited performance audit, the state auditor found Connect for Health Colorado committed numerous federal law violations, and … Read entire article »

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Representative Bob Rankin’s statement on New Castle pilot’s death

Representative Bob Rankin’s statement on New Castle pilot’s death

12/02/2014 Denver – Earlier today, the U.S. Air Force reported Capt. William H. Dubois of New Castle, Colorado was killed on Sunday, November 30th when his F-16 fighter jet encountered a maintenance problem after takeoff and crashed. Capt. Dubois was flying as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the military’s official name for intervention against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Representative Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale), whose district includes the town of New Castle, released the following statement … Read entire article »

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House Republicans Wish Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving

House Republicans Wish Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving

11/26/2014 DENVER—Today, House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) released the following statements, wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving and encouraging Coloradans to help those who are less fortunate: “Thanksgiving is one of our nation’s most beloved holidays and one that encourages us all to be thankful for the blessings in our lives. Yet, as we come together with friends and family to celebrate this time-honored tradition, let us all remember to share with those who are less fortunate. … Read entire article »

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Rep. Rankin sees Roan Plateau settlement as model for government cooperation

Rep. Rankin sees Roan Plateau settlement as model for government cooperation

11/21/2014 Denver – Earlier today, Governor Hickenlooper, along with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, other government officials and representatives from both environmental groups and the energy industry held a press conference to announce a settlement had been reached on the Roan Plateau energy development lawsuit. In 2008, the Bureau of Land Management auctioned mineral leases to energy companies, but shortly afterwards, an environmental group filed a lawsuit to prevent any energy development. The settlement allows energy companies … Read entire article »

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