November 17, 2008
November 20, 2008
Loomis 1:00 – 3:30 PM
TransFirst 1:30 – 3:30 PM
EchoStar 1:30 – 3:30 PM
November 19, 2008
12:30 – 4:00 PM (Lands On Cover Letters)
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Microsoft Word: Word Principles)
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM (10 Steps to Federal Employment)
November 20, 2008
12:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Workshop: Job Interviewing)
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November 17, 2008
Some of you may recall that Sen. Williams, Rep. Middleton and myself requested a performance audit a few months ago to look at the interaction and enforcement of traffic laws, including immigration issues raised. The request was prompted by a fatal collision in Aurora in September when 3 people were killed.
The Audit Committee previously voted to give preliminary approval to the request and upon finding merit to it, unanimously voted to authorize the full audit.
The purpose of the audit is identify gaps and cracks in the system, the laws, and their enforcement and provide concrete recommendations for fixing them.
Some of the questions included for review are:
Do criminal justice agencies have timely access to accurate and complete information concerning traffic offenses, a person’s driver’s license status and immigration status, if applicable?
What efforts has the State made to keep unlicensed and uninsured drivers off Colorado’s roadways and what opportunities are there for improvement?
What impact, if any, have SB 06-90 and other relevant legislation had on criminal justice agencies’ responsibilities to identify, detain and report illegal aliens arrested as the result of a traffic stop or accident?
Have the State’s efforts to ensure local law enforcement personnel are propery trained to enforce Colorado’s traffic laws and comply with SB 06-90 been adequate?
As a citizen one of the little-known gems is the State Auditor’s office. This is a tool of good government and opportunity to learn a lot about ways to improve government and laws. The web site for the state auditor is http://www.leg.state.co.us/OSA/coauditor1.nsf/Home?openform .
November 12, 2008
As we are gearing up for the 2009 Legislative Session it is clear that creating and keeping jobs in Colorado is a TOP PRIORITY for our individual and state economy.
Because of some policies we implemented over the past few years, Colorado is not being hit as hard as other states. That said, our unemployment rate is currently 5.2% (compared to 6.1% nationally) Colorado also need to make sure our PERA and state retirees are protected from an economic downturn.
Nearly 90,000 jobs were created by the end of 2007 is green, reweable energy jobs and this trend looks promising to continue to grow. Aurora landed a large solar research company and Pueblo has landed good wind turbine work. Not only are these jobs generally at a living wage but they also get us closer to energy independence. Designing, building and maintaining more renewable energy plants will continue to provide work as will designing, building and maintaining the necessary transmission lines for our new energy economy.
Colorado is on the leading edge of bio-medical research and the bio-sciences. Landing the CU Health Science Center in Aurora at the old Fitzsimmons location will continue to attract health care jobs, researchers, research grants, public and private investment. there are currently 16,000 direct bioscience jobs in Colorado, 20,000 indirect bioscience jobs and growing with an average salary of $63,000 per year. This has the added benefit of potentially finding cures and treatment to improve our health care.
Colorado is #2 in the country for private aerospace jobs. Colorado has over 26,000 direct aerospace jobs in the private sector and 171,200 jobs if one counts the indirect aerospace jobs in Colorado and that figure continues to rise.
STATE & FEDERAL JOBS
While Colorado has one of the leanest governments in the country, a job seeker might be wise to also consider working for the State of Colorado. There are currently 1,397 job openings in Colorado primarily in admin, finance / accounting, engineering and IT. The federal government currently has 942 job openings in Colorado.
MECHANICS & REPAIR SKILLS
As long as we have things: cars, houses, businesses, computers, they will break. Training and preparing for repair skills is likely to remain in high demand, even as an economy may slow in other areas. These jobs are also less likely to be out-sourced.
Many portions of the retail sector remain at risk for lay-offs or down-sizing. Anytime we see a downturn in the economy it is a GOOD TIME to consider retraining or going back to school . Our community colleges offer some of the most affordable degree and skills training around and Colorado has some of the best Universities to offer our residents.
For those with disabilities that may impact your ability to find work, please remember that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation may be able to provide some retraining and job assistance. (303.866.4150)
Also, remember your county works (i.e. Arapahoe / Douglas Works! 303.688.4825) offices through the Work Force Investment Act. They have comprehensive databases on the latest employers seeking jobs and different levels of services available to support job seekers, depending on level of need.
TO OUR YOUTH:
Brush up on your math and science and take those courses seriously. The future of good paying jobs (health care, engineering, bioscience, renewable energy jobs, mechanics) will reward these skills.
Share your ideas for job creation here or else email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
November 11, 2008
This is a quick update to let you know I will be Vice-Chair of Senate Judiciary and a member of the Health & Human Services Committee. As the remainder of assignments come you will be able to get a full list from the Colorado General Assembly web page.
November 06, 2008
The Colorado Senate today voted on leadership positions today.
Senator Peter Groff was re-elected President. Senator Betty Boyd was elected President Pro Tem, Senator Lois Tochtrop was elected as assistant Majority Leader, Senator Williams was elected as Majority Caucus Chair, Senator Mo Keller is chair of the Joint Budget Committee and Sen. Tapia is on the Joint Budget Committee.
The Colorado House also voted on leadership positions today.
Rep. Terrance Carroll was elected Speaker. Rep. Paul Weissmann was elected as Majority Leader. Rep. Andy Kerr was elected Assistant Majority Leader. Rep. Karen Middleton was elected as Caucus Chair and Rep. Claire Levy was elected as Whip.