The Governor’s State of the State address

Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: January 11, 2019

Gov. Jared Polis Swearing in as the new governor of Colorado Yesterday, Gov. Jared Polis delivered a hopeful State of the State address. His opening remarks called us to unity and drew a powerful image of what he believes is possible for our state. The new governor laid out a vision for Colorado that lifts up children and family issues. From expanding early childhood education, including full-day kindergarten and preschool, to supporting paid family leave and addressing barriers to health, Polis called on the legislature to deliver meaningful investments in Colorado families.

One of the most powerful moments of his address came when he expressed his value of problem solving over partisanship, and working towards what is best for all Coloradans. Acknowledging Colorado’s “barrier breaking legacy,” he also celebrated the record number of women now serving in the legislature.

First Day of Session and Inauguration

The 72nd Colorado General Assembly convened last week for the 2019 Regular Session. There was much to be celebrated, including the increased diversity represented at the Capitol.

In their opening remarks, President of the Senate Leroy Garcia and Speaker of the House KC Becker  expressed excitement in welcoming new and returning legislators. The emphasis of their remarks was similar, urging members to create bipartisan solutions that work for everyone. They articulated past successes including the increased access to affordable housing, supports to address the high cost of child care and several others. The Speaker and President also listed challenges facing all Coloradans including high health care costs, access to quality public early childhood and K-12 education, lack of paid family leave, the opioid crisis, and wage disparity. Their remarks ended with a positive outlook for what could be accomplished this session and an encouragement to work together for all Coloradans.

The 2018 election resulted in major shifts in Colorado’s political landscape, with Democrats controlling both chambers of the legislature and a newly inaugurated Democratic Governor Polis. Over the next 112 days, Colorado lawmakers will go to work in the state Capitol. Each week we will bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health, and education of Colorado kids.

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Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

About Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

Stephanie works as a Policy Analyst for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, she worked as a Public Policy Fellow at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado – where she found her love and passion for policy work. Before diving into the policy world, Stephanie served as a Teach for America Corps Member in South Carolina, teaching high school and middle school math. Early on while obtaining her degree in Marketing from Florida International University, she worked in health care as a Patient Advocate and Unit Secretary. When she is not working, you can typically find her at a coffee shop, hanging out with friends, or engaging in some type of outdoor activity.