Speaker puts politics ahead of students, sinks skilled labor grant program

Representative Phil Covarrubias - Brighton (HD 56)

Representative Phil Covarrubias – Brighton (HD 56)

DENVER—Last night, legislation that would have helped address Colorado’s skilled labor shortage was killed over who would get the political credit for the bill. House Bill 18-1034, sponsored by Representative Phil Covarrubias (R-Brighton), would have created a grant resource to help career and technical education schools purchase equipment and expand educational programs for skilled labor jobs.

“I ran on getting things done, and it’s disgusting that Democrat Leadership killed legislation, that could have helped a lot students in Colorado find a career in skilled labor, simply because Democrats wanted credit for running the bill,” said Covarrubias. “I had support from members on both sides of the aisle, the funding approved and set aside in the budget, but at the end of the day, it was only about politics.”

House Bill 18-1034 has been routinely delayed in the House Appropriations Committee for several weeks, and on the final day for the bill to advance in the legislature, Speaker Crisanta Duran pulled the bill off the Appropriations Committee calendar. Hours later, the bill was killed, on party lines, in an unscheduled Appropriations Committee hearing on the House Floor.

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