Thursday, October 14, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
8:30 a.m. Gov. Ritter and a group of bipartisan lawmakers will announce the introduction of the Colorado Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act at a news conference. Gov. Ritter, lawmakers and experts will also testify about the bill before the House Transportation and Energy Committee later in the morning. The lead sponsors of the act are Reps. Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) and Judy Solano (D-Brighton) and Sens. Bruce Whitehead (D-Hesperus) and Josh Penry (R-Grand Junction).
The legislation will make
News Conference Location: West Foyer, State Capitol.
House Transportation and Energy Committee Hearing: Old Supreme Court Chambers, State Capitol.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Lt. Gov. O'Brien to Lead a Team for
Gov. Bill Ritter, Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien and Colorado Education Commissioner Dwight D. Jones announced today that the U.S. Department of Education has named
The state's Race to the Top proposal was developed with input from more than 600 people. The proposal is being supported by 134 local school districts serving 94 percent of
"It's gratifying to be in the finalist list, but we know this is just the beginning of our work. The end goal is reducing the achievement gap, turning around struggling schools and improving our skills, data and tools for students," said Lt. Gov. O'Brien, who spearheaded the proposal process.
"We are thrilled to be included in the group invited to make presentations," said Commissioner Jones. "We are confident that
All 16 finalists will present their proposals to a panel of reviewers in
Work will continue on education reform at the local level, as Gov. Ritter today also announced the appointees to the Colorado Council for Educator Effectiveness. The council was created by executive order to work on defining educator effectiveness and new educator evaluations tied to student growth. The council will meet at 3 p.m. March 11 at the Colorado Community College System office,
Members of the Council for Educator Effectiveness:
· Colorado Department of Education: Nina Lopez, Special Assistant to Education Commissioner
· Colorado Department of Higher Education: Lorrie Shepard, Dean,
· Teachers: Shelly Genereax of Brighton School District 27J, Kerrie Dallman of Jefferson County Public Schools, Amie Baca-Oehlert of Adams District 12, Nikkie Felix of Aurora Public Schools
· Public School Administrators: Margaret Crespo, Principal of John Evans Middle School in Weld County, Tracy Dorland, Executive Director of Teacher Effectiveness in Denver Public Schools
· Public School Superintendent: Sandra Smyser, Superintendent of Eagle County Schools
· School Board Members: Bill Bregar of Pueblo District 70, Jo Ann Baxter of
· Charter Schools: Colin Mullaney, Principal of
· Public School Parent: Towanna Henderson of Denver Public Schools
· Student: Shelby Gonzales-Parker of
· At-Large Member: Matt Smith, Vice-President of Engineering, United Launch
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Shortly after 6 a.m. this morning, Gov. Ritter was involved in a bicycle accident at
The Governor rides with a group of friends two to three times a week, and this morning was with a group of four other riders when he and another rider collided. The Governor is in good spirits, laughing and joking with hospital staff and his wife Jeannie.
# # #
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Gov. Bill Ritter today signed nine pieces of legislation that suspend or eliminate several special tax breaks in order to help balance the state's budget by generating $15.6 million in revenue this fiscal year and $132.6 million next fiscal year. The Governor will hold a media availability in his office at 3:45 p.m. today to discuss the bills with reporters.
"Over the past 18 months, we have cut spending and closed shortfalls of $2.2 billion, while also addressing a $1.3 billion shortfall in the next fiscal year and preparing for even more cuts in the fiscal year after that," Gov. Ritter said. "We have taken a balanced approach to keeping the budget balanced. We have asked everyone – government agencies, state workers, nonprofits, medical providers, senior citizens, schools, colleges, the conservation community and businesses – to share in the burden and share in the solutions so that no one group is unfairly or unduly impacted.
"Signing these bills was not something I wanted to do," Gov. Ritter said. "But it was something that was necessary in order to keep the budget balanced and to continue positioning
Gov. Ritter signed the following bills today:
House Bill 1189, Eliminate Sales Tax Exemption for Direct Mail
House Bill 1190, Suspend Industrial Fuel Sales and Use Tax
House Bill 1191, Eliminate Candy and Soda Sales Tax Exemption
House Bill 1192, Repeal Sales and Use Tax of Standardized Software
House Bill 1193, Sales Tax Out-of-State Retailers
House Bill 1194, Eliminate Non-Essential Articles Sales Tax Exemption
House Bill 1195, Suspend Ag Sales & Use Tax Exemption
House Bill 1196, Income Tax Credit Vehicles Using Alternative Fuels
House Bill 1199, Limit the Net Operating Loss Deduction Temporary Limit
Two additional bills are pending:
House Bill 1197, Reduce Conservation Easement Cap Amount
House Bill 1200, Limit Enterprise Zone Investment Tax Credit