Created: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:53:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:29:59 MST
DENVER (AP/KCNC) – An optimistic outlook of Colorado with a recovering economy and work to streamline businesses for continued growth. That's the message that Governor John Hickenlooper included in his State of the State address on Thursday.
He mentioned Colorado's difficult past year with deadly wildfires and flooding that devastated several communities. Governor Hickenlooper also remembered last month's shootings at Arapahoe High School, saying that such tragedies shouldn't define Colorado.
The governor's speech included calls for lawmakers to invest surplus money in higher education. He also said that Colorado's economy is getting better and recovering faster than the national economy.
Hickenlooper says he wants to reduce the average wait time at the Department of Motor Vehicles to 15 minutes, by adding funds to update the agency's computer system.