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What was expected to be a contentious week debating the budget, the omnibus oil and gas bill, and the red flag gun bill was arguably collegial in both chambers. Republicans in the Colorado Senate set a celebratory tone by amending the $30 billion state budget with a transportation deal brokered between the Senate Majority Leader and Minority Leader.
Since last year, leaders have been pushing for more money to buy down the state’s $9 billion obligation to transportation; but after the election, the Democrats’ priorities shifted. Holding the House, Senate and Governor’s office (the “trifecta”), meant that they could instead focus on a myriad of progressive issues and promises made on the campaign trail, in lieu of focusing solely on their past commitments to help the state’s crumbling infrastructure; a criticism routinely cast by the GOP.
Thursday during debate on the long appropriations bill, Republicans were successful in getting a total of 336 million one-time dollars into the Highway Users Trust Fund. This trade was made to end the tactics employed by the minority party to slow work down on the floor. But that extra money remains an uncertainty. The House still has a chance to amend the long bill when they debate it next week and the $106 million that was added in addition to the $200 million already included in the budget for transportation means that cuts need to be made elsewhere.
Lobbyists and interest groups are wondering which programs will face cuts in order to pay for this additional spending and if the House will hold with the agreement made in the Senate. As it stands, state employees are expecting a 3 percent pay raise, higher education institutions are expecting a 13 bump to hold tuition flat and the k-12 education is receiving $77 million to buy down the negative factor on top of the additional $185 million for full-day kindergarten.
Sorting this out likely means that tensions will remain high. Plus, next week, the legislature will take up the death penalty bill, a so-called reinsurance bill which Colorado hospitals may have to pay for, the state run family medical leave insurance bill expected to grow state government by $1 billion. Wild cards (as they relate to timing) are the number of yet-to-be-introduced bills like the pharmaceutical transparency bill and a bill that would allow local governments to implement rent control. Rumors are also circulating about a bill to reinstate a certificate of need requirement before the construction of a new health-care facilities and a bill to re-write the state's laws on the only unsubsidized affordable housing.
With all of this potentially in play, it’s no wonder that working weekends has been a threat from leadership. As of today, only five weeks of session remain and there is no sign of anything slowing down.
Denver, CO – April 2, 2019 – Wings Over the Rockies (Wings), a Denver-based non-profit organization, is pleased to announce it has officially secured a TV series on Rocky Mountain PBS. The series, called Behind the Wings, features long-time museum curator Matthew Burchette as he goes behind the scenes with famous aircraft and aerospace icons.
Each 30-minute episode of Behind the Wings begins at a Wings Over the Rockies location with an in-depth look at an iconic aircraft or artifact before transporting viewers to exclusive locations around the country. Get a private tour of Cessna Manufacturing in Independence, Kansas, chat with pilots on the flight line of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, crawl around the second oldest B-52 Stratofortress in the world and so much more.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Behind the Wings into the homes of thousands of Coloradans,” stated Behind the Wings creator and Wings’ Director of Marketing, Ben Theune. “The partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS is a perfect example of Colorado non-profits working together to educate and inspire the next generation.”
“Wings Over the Rockies has special access to so many aviation stories and is the perfect organization to put together this series,” said Julie Speer Jackson, Vice President of Culture Content at Rocky Mountain PBS. “We are thrilled to be their broadcast partner. Our statewide audience loves history and learning new things. I’m so excited to share this series with them!”
Originally started as online videos, Behind the Wings has grown since its inception in 2017. To date, the series has garnered nearly 1 million views on Facebook and YouTube with viewers all over the world.
Season 1 of Behind the Wings will premiere Friday, April 26th at 8:00 PM on Rocky Mountain PBS (click for channel listing) and can be seen for 4 consecutive Fridays.
Watch additional episodes of Behind the Wings online at WingsMuseum.org/VideoBlog and see the official season 1 trailer here.
About Wings Over the Rockies:
Wings Over the Rockies is a Colorado-based non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring all people about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. By utilizing two iconic locations, Wings Over the Rockies strives to educate the future aerospace leaders of tomorrow. For more information about Wings Over the Rockies please visit WingsMuseum.org.
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COLORADO – April 1, 2019 – Merrick & Company’s Board of Directors has elected Christopher C. Sherry as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the firm, effective April 1, 2019. Sherry has served as the firm's President for the past two years and will continue those responsibilities as he assumes the additional role of CEO. He will become Merrick’s fifth CEO in the firm’s 63-year history.
David G. Huelskamp, has served as CEO or Chairman of the Board for the past six years at Merrick. With this transition, he will continue his role as chairman, focusing on board governance and government/industry affairs.
Sherry has been with Merrick since 1985 and has grown with the company serving in several positions throughout his career. He has led the science & technology business unit, corporate support services, and corporate business development. He became chief operating officer in 2014 and president in 2017. His primary focus has been on leadership development, strategic growth, and operational performance. As CEO, he will also be responsible for ownership transition, mergers & acquisitions, and AEC industry affairs. Sherry has served on Merrick's Board of Directors since 2003.
Sherry is an architectural engineering graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and holds an MBA from the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver. Huelskamp said, “The Board of Directors strongly supports the selection of Mr. Sherry as our new CEO. He is committed to employee ownership and will be exceptional at leading the new generations at Merrick through our long-term strategic vision.”
Sherry's professional involvement includes over 20 years in various leadership roles with the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies, serving on the board of governors for the Denver Metro Economic Development Corporation and the board of directors for the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Industry Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Merrick & Company (www.merrick.com), an engineering, architecture, design-build, surveying, planning, and geospatial solutions firm, serves domestic and international clients in the energy & chemicals, national security, life sciences, and sustainable infrastructure markets. The employee-owned company maintains twenty offices in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
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