Jan 16, 2011 11:38 PM by John Romero

Hickenlooper visits Southern Colorado

In a time where Colorado's state budget is uncertain, the state's new governor is taking an untraditional approach to fixing it. "The vision is instead of a bunch of big shots in Denver telling the rest of the state, here's what we think is best for your economy, let's let everybody come up with all of their creative ideas." explains Gov. John Hickenlooper. He and Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia are asking individual counties to put their ideas into an economic development plan that the state can then move forward with.

As part of his state wide tour, Governor Hickenlooper made his first official trip to Southern Colorado Sunday with stops in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. He says bringing more growth into the state economy is going to be a tricky task. "The whole state has to be more pro-business, but this is Colorado so we have to hold ourselves to the highest standards of protecting our land and water, making sure we hold our businesses to the highest ethical standards." he says, "But as we do that we want to be more pro-business."

Gov. Hickenlooper knows economic recovery isn't going to happen overnight. "The economy is like a giant ocean liner right? It doesn't just turn on a dime." "We have to work together and prioritize. Where do we get the biggest bang for our buck?" he explains. Even so, he says a united effort from all parties can go a long way in fixing things. "There is a willingness by Republicans and Democrats to put partisanship aside and say we're all going to work on this together." he says, "If we're the ones who can balance that, we'll come out of this recession better than any other state in the country."



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