Hickenlooper’s legacy discussed on eve of legislative session

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Hickenlooper’s legacy discussed on eve of legislative session

Next two years will heavily influence how he is viewed
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Before he was governor

Before John Hickenlooper became the governor of Colorado, he found himself invested in a race to open the first brew pub in the state with none other than Durango’s own Carver Brewing Co.
Opened as a bakery and cafe in 1986, Carver’s officially became a brewery in 1988, just months after Hickenlooper opened the Wynkoop Brewing Co. in downtown Denver, according to the Durango restaurant’s website.
Carver’s claims the title of first brewery in the Four Corners since prohibition, and it attributes opening its doors after the Wynkoop to a rather unique set of circumstances involving a trip down the Grand Canyon, according to its website.
“We did do a Grand Canyon trip that summer. So we put our construction on hold until the fall,” said Bill Carver, co-founder of Carver’s.
The trip and the general hustle and bustle of summer in Durango led to construction being delayed until fall, Carver said. “We were a little distracted with work and play, and John kept his nose to the grindstone and opened first.”
Carver said he maintains a close connection with Hickenlooper and feels the governor’s experience in the hospitality service has positively influenced his time in the Capitol.
“I think the lessons he learned running a restaurant and being in the service industry are very transferable positive qualities he brings to his job as governor,” he said.
Luke Perkins

Hickenlooper’s priorities

Gov. John Hickenlooper held a press availability Tuesday and discussed his priorities for the upcoming legislative session.
The governor listed affordable housing, repair and expansion of Colorado’s transportation infrastructure and broadband internet across the state, as well as finding reliable funding for these proposals.
“We are going to revisit many of the challenges the state faces,” Hickenlooper said.
To achieve the goals, the governor knows there will have to be compromise and bipartisan support.
The political discussion needs to start at “what’s the greatest good for the greatest number of people, what’s the most efficient solutions to a problem we face,” he said.
He said there has been popular discussion at the Capitol about a potential sales tax increase, but he is hesitant as there could be blowback from mayors as revenue generated at the local level from the tax could be seen under their purview.
Regardless, funding for priorities will have to be a joint effort by Democrats and Republicans because of the split Legislature, and finding money will require compromise.
Finding common ground, respecting differences and soothing any concerns also are priorities for Hickenlooper. “The lesson I’ve learned, and I’m going to do it as hard as I can this session, is to create time to spend with (Senate) President (Kevin) Grantham and to really listen.”
Luke Perkins

Hickenlooper’s legacy discussed on eve of legislative session

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