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					                REPORT CARD:
                  2011 Legislative Session
                Senate Democrats   Governor   House Republicans



  Jobs and
The Economy




   State
  Budget




Redistricting




 Education




Health Care
 Exchange




Government
 Efficiency
REPORT CARD: Senate Democrats
                 Opening Day: "The legislature will make the tough choices necessary to put
                 Coloradans back to work, create jobs and expand the economy."

   Jobs and      End of Session: Failed to pass their own agenda through the Senate and
 The Economy     systematically killed seven business bills on the last day of session, including
                 the bipartisan House Bill 1318 to repeal the Online Sales Tax. Also killed the
                 governor's Senate Bill 116, to require business impact statements for
                 legislative proposals.

                 Opening Day: "If your goal is to shrink the size of government - to eliminate
                 programs and root out wasteful government spending - let me help you."
     State
    Budget       End of Session: The Senate President stormed out of initial budget
                 negotiation meetings, but at the end of the day agreed to a bipartisan budget
                 that spends less than the previous year.
                 Opening Day: "We know how to work together and that's exactly what the
                 people of Colorado want us to do … We have already established the
                 bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Redistricting… It is my hope this
                 General Assembly can act to make Colorado a better community for every
 Redistricting   section and sector of this great state, for every community of interest."

                 End of Session: Abandoned the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on
                 Redistricting and decided to introduce Senate Bill 268, a partisan map that
                 split communities of interest like the Western Slope and was dominated by
                 the Front Range.
                 Opening Day: "I designate the Knowledge-Based Economy Fund as Senate
                 Bill 1 … it will create an account to set funds aside throughout this session
                 and dedicate them specifically to education funding."
  Education      End of Session: Failed to pass SB 1 through the Senate he controls. Also
                 proposed a budget that would have drained the State Education Fund and
                 allocated less to education than what was eventually negotiated by House
                 Republicans.
                 Opening Day: "We also have opportunities to tackle health care reform as
                 we consider health insurance exchanges."
  Health Care
   Exchange      End of Session: House and Senate leaders were able to work together to
                 successfully pass Senate Bill 200 to create a free-market health exchange in
                 Colorado.
                 Opening Day: "Let me help you identify those programs that don't make
                 sense, those functions of government that can be done more efficiently and
                 less expensively."
 Government      End of Session: Passed House Bill 1307 on recovery audits and helped to
  Efficiency     pass two key government consolidation bills: House Bill 1155 and Senate Bill
                 208. However, Senate Bill 118, to require a comprehensive review of state
                 regulations, and House Bill 1044, to limit costly new regulations, were both
                 sent to die in committee.
    REPORT CARD: Governor
                Opening Day:
                ♦ “Our top priority must be jobs. Sustainable jobs are created by the private
                sector. Our task must be to support that job growth."
                ♦ “[I] would like to see if we could look at adding a regulatory impact
                statement to new legislation. Just as we require a fiscal note for every new
  Jobs and      bill that estimates the costs to state government, we could also include an
The Economy     estimation of the cost to businesses of additional regulations.”

                End of Session: The Senate Democrats killed the governor's regulatory
                impact statement bill, Senate Bill 116. The governor successfully created the
                Bottom Up Economic Development Initiative, but has yet to announce major
                economic development proposals.
                Opening Day: "We have to deal with a $1 billion shortfall...We propose
                looking at the state budget challenge from a multi-year perspective, just like
   State        any business would do."
  Budget        End of Session: Participated in negotiations on a bipartisan budget that
                spends less than the previous year. The governor has yet to announce plans
                for reforming the way the state budget is approached.

                Opening Day: "We are even optimistic about something as politically
                charged as redistricting. We believe this process can be accomplished in this
                session given the bipartisan work you have already begun. Colorado will be
                best served if lines are drawn to promote competitive districts, and we look
Redistricting   forward to working with you to accomplish this goal."
                End of Session: Worked through the end of the session to try to get the
                Senate Democrats to work within the process established by the bipartisan
                Joint Select Committee on Redistricting, but failed because Senate
                Democrats abandoned that process and introduced a partisan map proposal.
                Opening Day: "We have a moral obligation to the children of Colorado to do
                all that we can in the midst of this economic downturn to see that our budget
                decisions avoid compromising their future."
 Education
                End of Session: The governor's proposed cuts to education were drastic,
                but fortunately budget negotiations led to a higher level of funding for
                Colorado's public schools.

                Opening Day:
                ♦ "We are better poised than others to develop the architecture for health
                care exchanges."
                ♦ "One such option is the creation of what are called “Health Care Homes” for
                individuals for chronic diseases. By adopting new standards and designs, we
Health Care     can substantially reduce the state share of expenses that we provide for
 Exchange       primary care."

                End of Session: House and Senate leaders were able to work together to
                successfully pass Senate Bill 200 to create a free-market health exchange in
                Colorado. However, the governor did not advance other health care related
                proposals or reforms that he alluded to at the beginning of the session.

                Opening Day: “Let's measure every aspect of government to be sure it's
                doing what it's supposed to do. Let's look at outcomes to judge whether our
                programs are successful. We will review every program, identify waste and
Government      duplication and measure for efficiency - at the lowest possible cost.”
 Efficiency     End of Session: Did not advocate for any notable government efficiency
                measures this year. However, he did open all Senior Executive Service
                positions up for open competition and successfully passed two key
                government consolidation bills: House Bill 1155 and Senate Bill 208.
REPORT CARD: House Republicans
                  Opening Day: "Job creation and economic recovery must be our focus with
                  all proposed legislation."
    Jobs and      End of Session: Successfully defeated dozens of Democrat proposals that
  The Economy     would have directly harmed Colorado's economy. Also rolled back onerous
                  anti-business policies from the Ritter Administration, including the vendor fee
                  suspension, the tax on agriculture production and the software tax.

                  Opening Day:
                  ♦ "The days of balancing the state budget on the backs of working families
                  and small businesses are over…We will not spend what we don't have.”
                  ♦ “We are committed to reinstituting a spending limit to protect future
                  generations from government spending excesses. Our spending limitation
                  must be accompanied by a long-term commitment to fiscal responsibility. We
     State        must pass a substantive state savings account, protected by the requirement
                  of a super majority vote.”
    Budget
                  End of Session: Were largely responsible for successfully negotiating a
                  budget that spends less than the previous year, contains 750 fewer
                  government positions and includes the repeal of unconstitutional tax
                  increases passed in the 2010 legislative session. Also passed House Bill
                  1280 through the House to reinstate the General Fund spending limit and
                  create a well-protected Rainy Day Fund that was later killed in the Senate.

                  Opening Day: “Our work together will be difficult, but it can be done with
                  good humor, and it must be done with good faith.”

  Redistricting   End of Session: Worked through the end of the session to try to get the
                  Senate Democrats to work within the process established by the bipartisan
                  Joint Select Committee on Redistricting, but failed because Senate
                  Democrats abandoned that process and introduced a partisan map proposal.

                  Opening Day: “Voters have asked us to reestablish…an education program
                  that is funded, flexible and accountable.”
                  End of Session: Particularly with House Education Committee Chair Tom
   Education      Massey, were largely responsible for negotiating a higher level of education
                  spending than was proposed by Gov. Hickenlooper. Also successfully
                  passed House Bill 1089 to help charter schools secure federal grants and
                  passed other bills through the House to increase school choice for parents
                  and students.
                  Opening Day: "We are committed to quality and efficiency in the delivery of
                  health care by utilizing free markets that allow Coloradans to make their own
  Health Care     healthcare decisions.”
   Exchange       End of Session: House and Senate leaders were able to work together to
                  successfully pass Senate Bill 200 to create a free-market health exchange in
                  Colorado.
                  Opening Day: “I am pledging to work with the new administration to begin a
                  serious conversation about reinventing government ... to effectively and
                  efficiently deliver services wherever possible.”
  Government      End of Session: The budget negotiated in large part by the Speaker
   Efficiency     includes 750 fewer government positions. Also passed through the House
                  bills like House Bill 1044 to limit state bureaucracy and helped the governor
                  pass two key government consolidation bills: House Bill 1155 and Senate Bill
                  208.

				
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