Hick’s Swan Song State of the State

UPDATE: Denver Post:

Hickenlooper spoke at length about the plight of rural Colorado, singling out issues such as teacher shortages, jobs and rural broadband, as well as a hidden financial force that is steadily eroding the ability of rural communities to pay for public services. Next year, the Gallagher Amendment will trigger further reductions to property tax rates across the state, providing property tax relief to the Front Range but squeezing rural governments and school districts that are already struggling financially…

On economic development, the governor called for an expansion of apprentice programs, something he has long been pushing for. And he advocated for the continued expansion of renewable energy, even as Republicans are pushing to refocus the state Energy Office on carbon-based fuels like coal and gas and cut its budget by $1 million.

“What is it the critics don’t like?” he asked. “Is it the cleaner air or the lower utility bills?”


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  1. mamajama55 says:

    Rural towns that want to maintain services will have to have dispensaries just for the tax revenue…that's been Log Lane's solution. Log Lane was a poverty-stricken  little town, housing workers for dairy, meat and sugar production that couldn't afford to live where they worked. Then Log Lane decided to host the only dispensaries in a 50 mile "No marijuana sales" radius. 

    Now Log Lane is fixing the streets and buying body cameras for the police. The town's mayor is scared spitless that Sessions may be able to ignore Colorado's laws , instead allowing for Federal prohibition.

    Before the town allowed legal marijuana businesses to open, Log Lane had fewer law enforcement officers and a smaller town staff and large projects like repaving streets were the stuff of dreams.

    "I truly believe it saved us," [Mayor] Mastin said of the cannabis industry.

    My own nearby town is still refusing to allow any cannabis sales within the city limits. Even though cannabis grows would create jobs and fill vacant buildings with a taxable industry, the town's decision makers still think that they are somehow protecting young people by prohibiting sales to adults. Even though there are more liquor stores and bars in town than any other business. Even though kids die or are hurt every day from the effects of alcohol and alcoholism. Even though opioid and meth addiction are on the rise all around the eastern plains.

    With Sessions' spasmodic enforcement of DEA's "Schedule pot like heroin" laws, Log Lane's green and smelly salvation could be threatened. Guess we Dumphuckistanis may have to secede after all. Well, if at first you don't secede………

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