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Jan. 5, 2011
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Hick's pick for budget job has
deep knowledge of fiscal issues
Fiscal policy
The Denver Post: Hick's budget chief a Republican
Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper on Tuesday named a Republican and one of the most experienced hands in state fiscal issues to head his Office of State Planning and Budgeting. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, appointed Henry Sobanet, formerly budget director for Republican Gov. Bill Owens, to do the same job for him.
Also: Colorado Pols: Bill Owens' Budget Director to be Hickenlooper's, Too

Pueblo Chieftain: Budget woes
None of the budget-balancing measures states must take will come easily in a political sense. There will always be plenty of people who will fight any attempt to take back the goodies to which they've become accustomed.

Denver Post editorial: Use debt debate to slow spending
While it's inevitable the U.S. must raise its debt ceiling again, Congress should use the opportunity to address the root cause.
Also: Denver Daily News: Crashing the debt ceiling?

Health care
The Denver Post: White House mounts defense of health care reform
The Obama administration launched its counterattack against repeal of its signature health care reform effort Tuesday, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius touting benefits for each state and saying Americans will resist a rollback.
Also: Denver Daily News: 'ObamaCare' repeal coming soon?

Colorado Springs Gazette: Independent Memorial would pay $5 million into health foundation
An independent Memorial Health System would make a one-time $5 million payment to a foundation set up to promote health care in Colorado Springs and would make yearly payments of at least $500,000, a City Council task force laying out plans to free the city-owned hospital agreed Tuesday.

Jobs and economic security
The Denver Post: Colorado wages fell in 2009
The recession took a big bite out of employee compensation in 2009, driving wages and salaries paid in the state below 2007 totals, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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