Arndt-Singer Bill to Improve Drivers License Program Now Law

May 29, 2018

(May 29) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law today a bipartisan bill by Rep. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins, and Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont to improve the Colorado immigrant driver’s license program. SB18-108 removes obstacles that have restricted access to a program launched in 2013 to provide driver’s licenses to all Colorado residents, regardless of

Exum Trifecta

April 27, 2018

(April 26) – Three bills sponsored by Rep. Tony Exum Sr. won the House’s voice-vote approval tonight. HB18-1316, sponsored by Reps. Exum, D-Colorado Springs, and Dan Pabon, D-Denver, continues the WORK Act, first sponsored by Rep. Pabon in 2015 and now recognized as one of the best workforce development programs in the country. The program

House OKs Extension of Esgar’s Jobs Bill

April 20, 2018

(April 20) – Rep. Daneya Esgar’s bipartisan bill to extend a program to prepare students for middle-skill jobs won final House approval today. The House voted 47-14 for HB18-1266, sponsored by Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo, with Rep. Jim Wilson, R-Salida. It would extend a pilot program begun by her in 2016 to incentivize school districts to

Danielson’s Apprenticeship Bill to Connect Coloradans to Jobs & Opportunity Passes House 

April 14, 2018

(April 13) – Rep. Jessie Danielson’s bill to better connect Coloradans to vocational and technical training opportunities passed the House on second reading today. “Colorado needs more trained workers and these apprenticeships pave a path to good-paying jobs in stable careers,” said Rep. Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge. “By creating more opportunities to find available vocational technical training and apprenticeships, we are

Danielson Bill Gives Every Kid a Path to a Good-Paying Job

April 4, 2018

(April 4) – Rep. Jessie Danielson’s bill to better connect Coloradans to vocational and technical training opportunities passed the House Education Committee today. With the bipartisan sponsorship of Reps. Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, and Phil Covarrubias, R-Brighton, HB18-1341 would create a directory of apprenticeships and vocational technical training programs in Colorado that may be accessed by

Jobs Program Getting Its Re-Enlistment Papers

April 3, 2018

(April 2) – A three-year extension of one of the state’s most successful job development programs took its first step through the legislative process this afternoon. HB18-1316, sponsored by Reps. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, and Tony Exum Sr., D-Colorado Springs, has bipartisan sponsorship in the state Senate. The bill extends the Skilled Worker, Outreach, Recruitment and

Benavidez Bill Boosting Construction Jobs Passes House

April 2, 2018

(April 2) – Rep. Adrienne Benavidez’s bill to spur workforce development in the construction trades passed the House today. Colorado will need upwards of 30,000 construction workers in the next 20 years, but the industry is struggling to find enough skilled workers to meet the need. HB-1278, sponsored by Rep. Benavidez, D-Adams County, will help

A Bigger Boost for Startups in CO Advanced Industries

May 3, 2017

(May 3) – The House voted this morning to approve Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s bill to extend and expand a program that is credited with creating nearly 700 good-paying jobs at Colorado high-tech startup companies since 2014. Current law allows tax credits of up to $50,000 to incentivize investment in bioscience, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, energy, electronics,

Esgar Bill Fostering Smooth Energy Transition Advances

April 27, 2017

(April 26) – A bill by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, to protect jobs for working people in Pueblo and around the state while reducing utility costs for Colorado ratepayers passed the House Transportation & Energy Committee this afternoon. HB17-1339, sponsored by Reps. Esgar and Chris Hansen, D-Denver, puts the bond market to work to help

Making Big Investments in CO More Attractive

April 27, 2017

(April 26) – Rep. Daneya Esgar’s bill to promote major business investments in Colorado, with a potentially huge impact on jobs and economic development in Pueblo, passed its first committee unanimously this afternoon. HB17-1356, sponsored by Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo, with Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, would grant increased access to tax credits by large employers willing

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