By Don Knox, STATE BILL COLORADO
HOT CHOCOLATE IS YOUR ONLY SALVATION: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will be inaugurated today. But why go when several Denver TV stations are streaming the event live?
This said, the incoming governor promises a short speech (11 minutes!), according to The Post.
SUE BIRCH SENDOFF: The Visiting Nurse Association in Craig held a reception to honor Colorado’s next head of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Craig Daily Press writes.
TRANSPORTATION SWITCH: Suzanne Williams, recovering with her family and others from a fatal car accident, won’t head the Senate Transportation Committee, John Morse decides.
WILL GARCIA APPOINTMENT SLOW HIGHER-ED’S REVOLVING DOOR? That’s what Education News Colorado reports as a possibility.
MAYBE NOT SO MUCH OF A GIFT: On his last full day in office, Gov. Bill Ritter dished out a number of college-board appointments, including two to people he’s worked closely with: House Speaker Terrance Carroll and State Rep. Buffie McFadyen. With higher-ed budget cuts looming, these trusteeships may not be as fun as they once were.
REASON TO WORRY? Benefits to state employees may take a hit this year when lawmakers convene later this week, reports Debi Brazzale of Colorado News Agency.