Ritter: Welfare, public safety, safe from cuts


Ritter: Welfare, public safety, safe from cuts

Sour economy will require paring state workers' pay
Ritter's priorities

Initiatives announced by Gov. Bill Ritter in the State of the State speech:

Health care: A fee on hospitals would be used to draw more federal funds. The money would be used to pay for health care for the poor.

Jobs: Companies that create at least 20 jobs with above-average salaries would get a tax credit.

Mortgages: Homeowners facing foreclosure would get a 90-day timeout.

Natural gas: Ritter is pushing for money in the federal stimulus bill to build a natural-gas pipeline. He also called on legislators to approve the state’s new gas-drilling rules.

Renewable energy: Two bills would require new homes to be "solar ready" and require sellers to disclose their energy bills for the last year.

Schools: A statewide program would let high school students take five years to get both a high school degree and a two-year college degree.

Transportation: Higher car-related fees would pay for fixes to the state’s bridges.

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