DENVER, CO – The House today passed legislation sponsored by Majority Leader Daneya Esgar and Representative Roberts to support workers and communities making the transition from coal-based economies.
“We are going to direct $15 million to ensure that no community or worker is left behind as we transition from a coal-based economy,” said Majority Leader Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo. “This funding will support workers, expand job retraining, and help build vibrant and resilient economies in parts of our state, including Southern Colorado, that are struggling as market forces move our nation away from coal.”
“The legislation we advanced today is a vital step forward for transitioning communities and demonstrates our commitment to giving them the resources they need and deserve to help workers and diversify their economies,” said Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon. “Towns like Hayden, Oak Creek, and Craig will be able to use this just transition funding to invest in projects that diversify rural economies, incentivize new energy jobs, and provide workers with supportive career services. I am so proud to fight for the towns in Northwest Colorado that will be able to use this crucial funding. This is the large investment in rural Colorado that our transitioning communities deserve, and I am thrilled this bill is moving forward with strong bipartisan support.”
HB22-1394, sponsored by Majority Leader Daneya Esgar and Representative Dylan Roberts, passed by a vote of 51-12. It would fund the Office of Just Transition, which is working to boost communities and workers transitioning from coal-based economies. The bill supports coal workers to help them provide for themselves and their families, and access innovative education and training opportunities. It also distributes grants to communities to help them create vibrant, resilient and sustainable local economies. $5 million will go to support economic development and assistance to local businesses, and $10 million will go directly to workers and their families.