Standing with state Senate President Brandon Shaffer and House Speaker Terrance Carroll, Gov.
"Over the next four months, our laser-like focus will be on economic recovery, job creation and responsibly managing the state's finances," Gov. Ritter said. "We'll continue to work tirelessly on behalf of
"Our strategies are working," Gov. Ritter said. "
Legislative priorities for the 2010 session include:
New Energy Economy
· Making the
· Creating new markets and increasing demand for
Job Creation & Training
· Creating new green-job certificates and green-job training programs. As
· Enacting new programs such as Health Care Jobs for
· 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 the safety net, public safety and programs that promote job growth. Gov. Ritter will be 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's healthcare budget through a Medicaid Modernization Act that will fight fraud, as well as bills to standardize insurance claims and explanations of benefits, and require insurance companies to write policies in plain language.
· Shoring up the state's Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) pension fund, which is facing almost $30 billion in unfunded liabilities.
· Modernizing teacher and student assessments through legislation that will lead to the replacement of the CSAP (Colorado Student Assessment Program) test in the next year or two, continuing the reforms begun under the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids (Senate Bill 08-212).
· Strengthening public safety through legislation that will regulate and rein in abuses in