April 26, 2012

(Denver) – They waited until the 107th day of the 120-day session, but House Republicans finally voted today in favor of an investment to address Coloradans’ No. 1 concern — jobs.

A House-Senate conference committee tweaked HB12-1339, a companion bill to the state budget, to transfer $1 million from the Colorado Benefits Management System, the state payroll computer system, to the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade, which offers incentives to attract businesses and jobs to Colorado.

When the amended bill was approved today by the full House, the only Republican to vote against it was Rep. Marsha Looper (R-Calhan).

It was the first such vote by the House Republicans, who offered no jobs bills of their own and killed most of the House Democrats’ jobs bills. The only jobs bills that received Republican support were Democratic measures that will require no state spending.

“I congratulate my Republican colleagues who finally agreed to pay something more than lip service to jobs for Coloradans,” said House Democratic Leader Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver).

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