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for the coming committee, escort, the governor the great state of colorado, mr. jared polis
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spot. travel chairwoman manuel, heart congressman argue has junior, attorney general phil wiser, secretary of state as weld, treasurer young, members of the state of education, justices of the colorado
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supreme court, america often, members of the cabinet, i were dedicated first gentleman marlins raced. thank you for gathering here this morning. before we begin i want to offer my gratitude to so many people whose tireless dedication to our safety allows us to gather here today and keeps colorado safe, the members of our military serving across colorado and abroad, and our law enforcement officers and first responders. (applause) they deserve our
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deepest thanks. i would also like to honor the memory of those brave colorado service members and first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. some of their families are in the audience with us today. i would like to ask him to stand so we can acknowledge and sacrifice of those families it made. (applause) we have had a recent loss in the shape. i want my condolences to the family of the late representative can lewis who we know represented farmers and ranchers in her eastern plains and southern colorado constituents with passionate resolve, i want to
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express our condolences to the family of representative coming lewis. and finally, we wish speedy recovery to another of our own, senator lowest court, for determination, her experience, her quick-witted be certainly missed the capital. and finally, as she begins her last year as speaker, i want to give a special thank you to speaker casey backer for her leadership. passionate occasion to our people and our planet is truly unmatched. we know that
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we are blessed live in a place especially, as amazing as colorado. our states breathtaking natural beauty, our strong economy, our optimistic and forward thinking people truly make colorado the envy of the nation, and attract people from all over the world who want to visit us and sometimes move here to join us in enjoying that amazing colorado way of life and you know, that does not happen by accident. this success happens because for decades colorado is from across the continental divide, across the political divide have worked together in good faith to find common ground to protect keeps colorado special and to build an even better stay. i am grateful that the men and women in this building are continuing in that condition. working together last year, we lowered
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health care costs, we lowered taxes for small businesses. we provided more affordable housing options. we made the largest ever state investment in transportation and we delivered three -- free a full day kindergarten for all. it's a pretty darn good start for the general assembly. an issue after issue, in good faith and that one bipartisan worker members in this chamber really help move our state forward. you know, we should be proud, that 95% of the bills that i signed last year were passed with republican and democratic votes. we shouldn't take for granted the cooperative spirit. instead, we should work to strengthen because the notion that we are all in this
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together it is a much better approach to solving problems than ever trying to go it alone. and we realize, when we realized our faiths are interconnected that we are better together, we can truly solve any problem, however large, is that we encounter. and so, we stand here today on the cusp of a new decade, it's the 2020's, future, with a renewed spirit to build on the progress that we have made, colorado does a lot of things well and we need to keep doing those things well. after, all mueller chevron to not just hang adversities after becoming the best woman skier of her generation i don't think valérie pew or losing her here and started -- start showing up the practice after the u.s. women's national team won the world cup. no, they continued,
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they continue to strive for greatness which is really what we all must do. our state has seen tremendous game and jobs, and economic growth, in population, in tourism, in an international international prestige and yes, when i travel across our state and listen to constituent, and i'm sure it's the same with you when you're districts, it's clear that too many folks still feel that they are on an economic treadmill or paychecks just don't keep up with the increasing cost of living, from student loans to help our cost to rent or mortgage, polarizes feel like they are running faster and faster on the treadmill but often not getting ahead. too many of our fellow colorado are anxious to just one hardship, a job, loss of medical emergency, a recession, a natural disaster, but unforeseen challenge, could
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send them into financial tailspin. there's a generation of older colorado and you wonder when or even if it will be able to retire with dignity, and there is a generation of younger people saddled with student debt, threatened by the climate crisis, fear for their future, and the world but they will inherit. and colorado is wondering, in this ever-changing modern economy, and how to get ahead financially, well also fun in the time to enjoy the things that make life worth living. whether it's for beautiful propaganda take a family vacation or just take it home in time to get your kids off your game. there's a chance to get off the treadmill for a while. well with all due respect to the exercise equipment industry, we don't prefer treadmills, and colorado, we prefer trails. we love it enjoyed, striving to reach the
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peak, identifying the next week and doing it all over again, always we can do is to give more. stagnation just is not in our dna. when a challenge arises, we get moving. i mean, why do you think i wear my blue sneakers everywhere, right? this is who we are. it is why we are successful, so it's our job as public officials, to build a state -- the next mountaintop, for protecting our natural wonders to grace every corner of our state, by wanting the pathways to prosperity. is it a living 20 folks dealing with just running in place. and that pathway to prosperity often begins with a great education. last year at this very podium, i asked him to
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join me taking a bold step, for every kid in colorado, and you delivered. the lieutenant governor's granddaughter we appreciate that. and thanks to paris and advocates and teachers and dedicated legislators like representative jim wilson and robin maclachlan, and sudden or -- senator romney fields, a senator jeff ridges, members of the gave, a unanimous vote in the senate, super majority in the house, davenport steps to improve kids education, to save families money -- money into our economy. on a show you what that means. i want to introduce someone with us in the audience
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today. samantha, who received in the gallery,, you can rise, samantha, as a mother of two from airing who had to leave her job in 2014 to care for her newborn daughter, fiona, anderson logan, who needs a full support for social and emotional challenges, and this past fall when it came time to interfere in the garden, cement and her husband knew that a full day of school is important, but it wasn't something that they could afford, thanks to your work on freefall day kindergarten, liana is getting that full day of instruction, tremendous family is not only saving 300 dollars a month, but she was also able to return to work as a special lead professional able to support her family and her two children with more earnings. thank you samantha. now it's time to get
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into that work. studies to the principles every bit as important critical to across development is gonna garden. it's not that parents don't want their kids in preschool, it's not too many parents can't afford it. that year, we were thrilled to work with you find 5100 additional slots for at risk children and the colorado principal program, my budget this year, we are proposing to help an additional 6000 children attend preschool before the first time will bring coverage to half of all eligible colorado families. and we should, be should feel good about reaching this milestone but it's taken more than three decades of work to get half the job done. we know we must do better, which is why over my first term, i'm committed to achieving universal access to
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quality preschool for four year olds by the end of my first term. and you know, early childhood education is not just about giving orchids a great start life, although truly that is where we start, every dollar invested in high quality preschool produces a seven-dollar return on investment taxpayers with higher earnings, lower special education needs, less dependency on public assistance and lower crime rates. this isn't just the right thing to do, it's really the smart thing to do and it's time to get it done. you know, in addition to making those essential investments in early childhood education, we also work with you to address other areas of our k-12 and uk should last year. we expanded loan forgiveness for rural educators
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to help address our world teacher shortage, extended drop of prevention programs health and the school the prison pipeline, and last year we reduced the budget stabilization factors that go to our schools by 100 million dollars in this year were calling for an additional 52 million dollar investment. and while they're at, it you, know our teachers, of course one of the most important professions in our society, should not have to work a second or third job just to make ends meet. we know that under colorado system of local control, individual districts set teacher salaries, but when i speak was to -- school leaders, they want to pay teachers better but because of the fiscal rules, the state spend too much money back feeling some of the wealthiest districts, not just in the state but in the country. and that is truly at the root of our school funding issues. together we can fix the stomach problem and finally raise pay
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for our hardworking educators. (applause) overcommunication is in credibly important but we can't fulfill our promise for a better future for our kids we don't do a better job of keeping them safe when they walk through the school have store. one of the most difficult days of my administration, personally, for our state of colorado was responding to the stem school shootings in highlands ranch for eight students were injured and kendrick castillo lost his life heroically preventing more bloodshed. kendrick's parents john and maria are with us today i don't want to show our acknowledgment for the heroism
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of their son. never forget visiting with them shortly after the stem tragedy, john told me how he would spend every weekend together hunting, building robotics, creating memories. he told me how kendrick was more than just his only son, but was his best friend. and like millions of
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parents across the state and many of us here are parents, i imagine myself in their shoes and i know that we all did. the disbelief, the devastation, the anger and pain, the despair of losing a child the senseless violence is a way too many parents have been forced to bear for too long and i want to commend your initial word at the school safety and ready for the bipartisan work on this important issue and i look forward to working with all of you to do more to keep our kids safe because no parent should have to go through what john and murray have gone through. every child in our state deserve to save opportunity to learn to make friends, great
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memories and to grow up and graduated move on to a successful life. thank you for joining us in recognition of your tragic sacrifice, john and maria castillo. you know, most of the time but not all of the time, that path to success involves some higher education, whether that is a president hit, a credential, it to your, degree a four-year degree, an industry recognized difficult, and apprenticeship but you know, rising costs are putting higher education out of reach for too many colorado spend a burden of student debt is not only holding back a generation of young people from buying a home and having their own families but it's also holding back our economy as a whole so, last year we took action, working with you to increase the general fund investment in
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higher education by a historic 13%, an increase that we are building upon in our new budget. together we expanded the current enrollment into enrollment programs to students can spend less time and less money getting the degree that they need to succeed. and thanks to new legislation last year, for putting 100 dollars into college savings account for every single colorado trial born or adopted beginning january 1st of this year. i want to take a moment to congratulate jorge esteban hurrah got a, phone in 12:07 am on new year's day in congress, and sicily deserve a point at 12:15 am in summit county, the first to beneficiaries of this new college savings program. i
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also want to congratulate the authors of that proposal, senate majority leader steve ember,, and new data themself, nearly missed a deadline for a college savings account, endlessly harry and i want to highlight the next affordability effort they are spearheading called, get on your feet, loan forgiveness program, a program that provides debt relief to colorado to graduate with a two or four year degree and iran income based repayment program, helping them in those first two years after they graduate as they are transitioning to the workforce, often when the need is the greatest. you know, this work is not just about helping student borrowers get out of a hole, it is about growing the economy for everyone you know, after graduation day, when the caps and gowns are hanging in the closet and the diplomas are hanging on the wall, register serve an economy that is brimming with opportunity to earn a good living. we need to keep our economy strong and
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also we need to make sure that our economy works for everyone. and when i say everyone, we believe that your future should not be determined by the color of your skin or parent income or your religion or age or disability status or where you live in our great state or where you were born or who you love or you gender identity, we need to colorado for all and that means everybody. and that is why i was proud to work with you and signed a bill guaranteeing that men and women get kids -- get pay the same wage for the same work, it's why we are proud to support our women a minority on veteran known businesses, is why we are
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happy to open our new store -- to increase pay for some of our brave national guard service members. we just deployed 150 the balkans last, week i'll able to join them in saying farewell to the families for about ten months as they represent colorado proudly on their peacekeeping work in the balkans. it's also why our administrations expanded apprenticeships to support the next generation of workers. it's why we passed bipartisan criminal justice reform measures, to help expand opportunities, save taxpayers money, and i know that i look forward to continuing to work with you on vital pretrial reforms to build on that progress. and we are proud in
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colorado continuing to support our aerospace industry, that bolsters our national defense and creates good, high paying jobs, we are honored to work with tribal leadership, including those represented here today to expand opportunities in our native communities. it's also why we are investing in every corner of our state, and dancing rural economic development, helping our rural hospitals drive, investing in rural broadband, for the next generation of farmers and ranchers and keep in colorado, the number one state nation for industrial him. we also look forward to working with you to help folks retire with dignity and i am proud to join you in supporting the colorado secure savings plan, recommendations that treasury dave young has been leading to
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help more colorado safe or secure retirement. (applause) and finally, in the face of unprecedented hostility from this white house towards our immigrant and refugee communities, we can say loudly and proudly that we stand with the dreamers and with refugees.
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i was proud to appoint personal, unit the first dreamer in colorado history, to the board of a university, and i am proud to recognize morrison who is here with us today.. colorado, we still need the federal government to pass comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform. i certainly urge the supreme court to do the right thing by the dreamers, but in the meantime, we should acknowledge how aspiring americans like him erisa are already working today to make colorado even better. in
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colorado, we don't build walls of exclusion, we build letters of opportunity for everyone. opportunities one side of the coin, the other side is affordability and as our state has grown so is the cost of living. the common thread in our work is to save a colorado money, whether that is not education, on health, care on utility bills, on housing, and we should do more to save colorado money on their taxes as well. (applause) this year, this,
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year this, year this, year due to a strong economy and bipartisan deal from 2005, every colorado will receive real tax relief as our state income tax goes down to a historic low of 4.5%. and that is for all taxpayers, that is for individuals, from corporations, for every small business in our state. in addition, work for the last session, we delivered a tax cut for 144,000 small businesses, our retailers, are mom and pop shops, by cutting wasteful subsidies to big box retailers, and we still had money left over to invest in affordable housing and improving health care. i'm very enthusiastic about working with you to deliver a permanent income tax relief, and we should continue
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down this path of a limiting tax breaks for special interest so that we can lower the rates for everyone without reducing state revenue. a broader base tax at a lower rate will boost economic growth with the ancillary benefits of preventing the corrosive influence of crony capitalism. in the 1960s, president can delivered a historic tax cut, saying tax system for exerts too heavy a drag on growth, siphons out to larger share of purchasing power and reduces the financial incentives for a personal effort, investment and risk taking, and quote, i did 2010, president obama directed his economic team towards quote, closing loopholes and
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simplifying income taxes for corporations and individuals to read the code of its complex buildup of deductions, credits and exemptions, there by broadening the base of taxes collected and allowing for lower rates, and. first, to our, credit our state track system is much better than the federal, one so let's start with some credit where it is due but we also know it is not just democrats like jfk and obama who want to save you money on taxes. i think i might have heard a thing or two from my republican friends and colleagues about it as well. so, in a spirit of collaboration, and dragging us day and we will be the creating a bipartisan study group to work on making our tax code more fair by looking at ways to broaden the base and lower the right by the end of my first term, and we look forward to working with you to make that happen..
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running the base and lowering the rate will lead to higher wages and make balancing the family budget that much easier. in the meantime, i certainly look forward to working with you and other creative ways that we can provide tax relief and invest in roads and schools. , and as we work to broaden our base and lower the rates, we also need to focus fiscally on saving more for a rainy day. last year i asked the legislature to put away an additional hundred 80 million dollars into savings to replenish what was spent in the great recession but only 40 million was placed on reserve so this year, i urge you to replenish our reserves and recessionary tools with an additional hundred 18 million dollars to bring us in line with the national average and better prepare us future downturn whenever that happens
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and i want to commend my cabinet and the budget director to take the lead on this by finding 73 million dollars in savings, in general fund savings, 238 million in savings overall, make sure the taxpayers are getting the biggest bang for their buck. we are also working with treasury young on a legislative package that will provide future legislatures and governors with the tools to rebuild and replenish our coffers as a recoveries happening. with so many pressing needs today, putting money in reserve is always a hard ask. i get that. but we truly have an obligation to save during a good times like these so that we could weather the next storm whatever comes. now you, know at the end
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of the day, there is one issue that as family fortune issues and worries and cost tends to rain over so many when it comes to affordability at the high cost of health care. i'm sure you've heard it there are two about it from constituents in many of his experience it yourself. american steel pay twice as much for health care as those living in other developed nations, and for most of us, it's our biggest expense after our mortgage, nearly one and five tolerance forego health care because it costs. one in three cannot afford prescription drug drugs they need, often lead in the higher cost overtime, and 13% of americans, one out of eight living in this country say they know someone who died because they could not afford treatment. this must change.. and it is
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going to change to the better thanks to you by partisan work, the tremendous work of our lieutenant governor, dianne polarize, who heads of our office of saving people money on health care, last session we passed historic bipartisan legislation to tackle what we're doing in that new transparency requirements for hospitals, allow for the importation of cheaper prescription drug drugs from canada, and perhaps the biggest accomplishment health care last year was the reassurance program, a bipartisan effort led by representative julie moscow and jonas richard senators kerry donovan and bob rankin. thanks to reassurance, health care rates on the individual market have gone down this year by an average of
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20%.. and the savings are even higher where colorado were getting ripped off the worst, in the eastern plains and southern colorado into western slope, and we should be proud of this work, you know, but a lot of the time, the best ideas do not come from inside this, building they come directly from our communities and i want to give you another example of what is happening in health care and how our work is helping to deliver savings working with you, in some accounted, because of winds pose employees and individuals together and uses their combined purchasing power to negotiate down the prices with hospitals to directly save consumers of money. our division of insurance is already working with the colorado business group on health to help replicate and
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expand the successful consumer purchasing model in grand legal, atalanta, motoyama, stand-alone counties, and i know there is more to come. i want to introduce you to someone who our policies directly helped, who saw firsthand however open system is and the decisions we make in our building here can fix it. glen brady is a small business owner in summit county. he's a single father because his wife kelly tragically passed away from cancer in 2013, 2018, leaving a hole in their family, this three young daughters who i met just before the speech, but as if the loss of a loved one is not enough, the brady's were hit with
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hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt. glenn was also frustrated by the high cost of insurance for himself and his three daughters, lucy, eva, and adelaide, thanks to the bipartisan reassurance program that we pass this year and the peak health alliance, when is saving 7000 dollars a year on the very same health care plan he had last year. for this, he was telling the might even save a little more than 7000, as he was calling it up. and what that means, because health care is something, you have three daughters, you are a single parent, you simply cannot go without, right, and to be able to afford that and also make sure that he is able to honor the promises that he
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made to his late wife kelly and his kids would have the best education and tutoring and braces, and that would not interrupt the kids activities or lives, and the savings that cohen has realized are helping to pay for those things that kelly wanted for her kids, and fulfill the promise that he made kelly and her final wishes, and ensure that their wonderful three daughters grow up with all of the opportunities we would want for our own sons and daughters. thank you.. reassurances delivering real savings, but the peace of mind having health care coverage is truly priceless. we are asking in our budget for a modest 18 million dollar investment in reassurance to continue to protect these savings for glen
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and hundreds of thousands of other colorado it's for another year. we know that health care costs will not magically go down on their own. we all need to work on it. we need good ideas from the left, the right, to center, from everywhere, this year i am proud to support legislation to require prescription drug pricing transparency, and a proposal to provide colorado as a public option to increase freedom and choice in the health care marketplace. i want to thank senator don event, representative dealing governs, representative marketing for their leadership on launching this important concept. it's really simple market economics, when you have more choices consumer, companies have to compete for you're business, which means lower prices. we estimate that the public option
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will say polarize an additional nine 18% on their individual premiums. and furthermore, the public option will empower folks in the 22 colorado counties where there is currently only one insurer and notorious. look, you know, we might have heard there's powerful special interests with a stake in preserving the status quo. colorado happens to have the second highest hospital profit margin in the country, front range hospitals with over two billion dollars in profits 2018, let me say that again, over two billion dollars of profits in a single year are already using some of those profits from overcharging patients to run ads against legislation that would save families money. we will not let that work.. just this, year we
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are also seeing pharmaceutical drugs coming to market with a huge price tag, and of course as folks are going to fight legislation that bring some sanity to pricing, i get that, but we do not represent the special interests. we represent the people, and people are crying out for relief on high health care costs, and we can and we will do better. another way we can reduce health care costs and ensure healthier population is by standing up to big tobacco to reduce underage smoking and teenage vaping and address our highest in the nation teenage vaping right, and we look forward to working with you to make progress on
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that issue.. and reducing cost of our health care will also help us tackle one of our most pressing problems, our states behavioural mental health and addiction crisis. last, year thanks to your work, i appointed behavior health task force to conduct a top to bottom review of colorado's behavior health system, and offered a strategic plan for reform by june of this year. our state already spent 1.4 billion dollars on mental and behavioral health. we need to make our system patient centric and more efficient so we can get the right to help the more people when they need it. i want to thank see the hst rector michelle barns, representatives lowest long grass and tracey crowder from
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their dedication and work on behavioural health as well as senator bernie patterson i representative chris kennedy and members of the opioid study committee for all of their strong work. i look forward to collaborating with all of you on desperately needed reforms for behavioural health. and by the, way often, those reforms can save money. it is the frustration of many hospitals and providers they don't have adequate stepped down facilities that may not only in her a lower billing right but are more appropriate to deliver a better patient outcome for folks who should not necessarily be hospitalized but need a kind of step down facility treating them. finally, we want to work with you to find a way to an act paid family and medical leave for
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more colorado..,,,,..., they're not like the easy thing to, do
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with the hard ones, it will take negotiations a compromise to take -- to get it done, but i'm committed to putting in the hard work and in fact, let's lead by example in the next fiscal year by extending this benefit to our exceptional state employees who make colorado run. however if we say just as president trump and our congress did for our federal employees. me to play not only for our own health and well-being but also for our states and true leadership is planting trees that we know we may not live long enough to enjoy the shade of. previous generations in colorado were wise enough to understand that there are some things you cannot replace, that once they are gone, they're gone and of course i'm talking about protecting our iconic public
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lands and wild areas and what keeps colorado special, whether it is the ground under our feet, of water we drink, the air we breathe, really the most essential part of what it means to be a colorado. our majestic lands define our state, and also power our economy by making us an international destination for tourism and for outdoor recreation, but like so many things in our state, growth threatens our enjoyment and our benefit for some of our natural treasures. in a very real sense, we are loving some of our public west to death. admissions to state parks have skyrocketed, which is great, but that means that there is more need for upgraded trails and bathrooms and parking and facilities, and it is urgent. so, we are asking the legislature for a one time infusion from the general fund to make important capacity improvements across our state park system. this money will also go towards opening our
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newest state park at fishers peak. i was there when the salmon senate president garcia, senator prouder, jamie sees here, as we announced a new spectacular state park that will run from near trinidad all the way to the new mexico border and will reap enormous benefits for our economy and for southern colorado residents. we know that our state growth also affects our ever scarce water supply. i was glad to see the proposition led by house majority leader and house minority leader, and senators good donovan and cook, passive the ballot box. congratulations. in addition, to the future revenues it will
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derive from there, i've also called for a 10 million dollar investment in the colorado water plan and look forward to meeting those commitments. as we have all, notice our growth is not just in fact our public lands and waters, is also making our roads and bridges more congested, less safe, all of us are spending more time sitting in traffic which means less and less time with our loved ones, and less economic productivity. thanks to good faith bipartisan where, the state was able to make historic multi year investment in state transportation infrastructure. my administration had listening sessions in every county in the state to hear directly from folks about their priorities. we have work to develop a plan to use our precious resources in the most effective way that we can, relieving congestion on key to a point on highway 25 and highway 70, making busy
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streets in our cities move quicker, and making the biggest investment in the rural roads in modern -- modern colorado history, but the general fund alone cannot meet our states needs and voters have rejected three straight ballot measures in the last two years to fund roads, even while our existing revenue source, the fuel tax, is bringing in less and less at a time when our needs are growing. the, colorado look to us, in this building to think big and do more to fund our rights and as we look towards a future where there is new users and changing technology that needs to pay its fair share, we should also give local jurisdictions more flexibility around working together for funding regional projects but we cannot create a system that excludes role colorado. we need to deliver for everyone in our state and it's going to take all of us in this room working,
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together not playing politics, to get it done and solve it. by investing in our infrastructure and providing more affordable and convenient transportation options, we can leave. and also boost our entire economy. reducing traffic and getting people places quicker also helps us address our air quality and carbon emissions and of course when it comes to renewable energy and climate, it is an issue of course that impacts in this chamber, every one of our constituents, indeed, every face -- person on the face of the earth. in the western united states before seeing firsthand how a changing
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climate is already impacting our water supply, and our outdoor recreation industry, our farming communities and our taxpayers, it is causing more frequent, more devastating and more expensive natural disasters. 13 of the largest fires in colorado's reported history have occurred since 2010. all 20 have occurred since the year 2000. i want to commend the grave -- brave colorado firefighters who are heading to australia right now to do their part and helping contain one of the worst wildfires in the history of civilization. (applause) this is truly a global crisis and of course we are never going to solve air
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quality or climate issues if we look at the person next to us and say you, you do something about climate. if we want to preserve our way of life for future generations then we all need to lead on clean air and climate and in fact, the states and counties that embrace the renewable energy future what with the economic benefits. that is why we have taken bold action to put us on the path towards achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 but due to the price reduction the technological advances, the shift towards renewable energy is happening and is being driven by the private sector that sees a profitable future in renewable energy. just this morning, is inciting news, tri-state and its members announced they will be replacing the remaining coal power in the state of colorado with thousands of megawatts of
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cheaper and cleaner renewable energy sources by 2030. this announcement will result in a 90% reduction in try states greenhouse gas emissions. you know, this transition it's -- includes expanded energy efficiency programs, significant basement in electric vehicle charging stations working with their member co-op, we're also excited to work with tri-state of the 17 member co-op said cross our state to help make sure they're empowered to generate more renewable energy locally. we want communities to have the option of reaping the benefits of clean, low-cost local energy generation and the talks underway, were hopeful that significantly more local flexibility in tri-state members will be finalized by april of this year. this
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transition means lower energy costs and savings for ratepayers, more renewable energy jobs means reduce air pollution, it is a bold step to protect the future of our planet and prepare colorado to succeed in the future. but we also need to recognize the destruction caused the workers, families and communities that are impacted by the private sector's turn away from coal. that is why i intend to work with utilities including tri-state and our new office of just transition to expand opportunities in renewable energy and help ensure that no worker no community is left behind. and we are confident
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this transition works because it is happening right now. and here is an example in pueblo, colorado. the rocky mountains steel plant uses a lot of energy, it is an energy intensive manufacturing process, and they had to find a keeper source to stay competitive, and to stay -- so, working with excel energy they are building the largest behind the mirror solar project in american history to power the steel plant, creating a hundreds of solar jobs, keeping thousands of steel jobs in pueblo, producing cost and helping to save our way of, life all at the same time, that is what a renewable energy future looks like. it is very innovation,
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about growing, jobs about growing opportunity, but saving people money and doing our part to reduce air pollution in the process, and we don't have any time to waste. you know, those of you who know me well know that i am a big science fiction fan. last year i had a spider man quote, this year, it is not star wars, it's going to be a lot of the rings. he has to save the world is also burned of the growing, darkness scandal for sponsor the charges that i think really applies to all of us. gandalf said, quote, all we have to decide is, what to do with the time that is given to us, and quote. every lawmaker here, myself included is -- what we want our legacy
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to be? when our great grandchildren open their history books, what we want them to read about us in our time? bullet say that we were too scared to tackle the big issues? that we were too timid to act on evidence that is right under our noses, that we were perhaps too cynical even try. or, will we be remembered as a generation that rose to the challenge of our time, would be daily news cycle or the next election and found a way to work together to forge a brighter future, and it lived up to the expectations of our children and our grandchildren whose future we hold in our hands. we have the power to do the right thing. all we need is the courage to use it. colorado
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has always been a state of trail blazers, of frontiersman and women. hours estate of can do people and can do attitude. we don't back down from a challenge and we don't quit when the going gets tough. the state of our state is strong. it is forward-thinking, it is dynamic, it is bold it is courageous, now let's get to work and show the world what we can accomplish together. god bless you, all godless the great state of colorado, and godless the united states of america.
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please join me in the governor and will the committee please support the governor to his chambers?
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