In Colorado, many different groups compete for state funding: children's education, the state's roads and highways, healthcare and senior resources are just a few. We need to develop innovative ways to fund important programs in the state while addressing equally critical needs. For this, we will be called to make the hard choices.
At the same time, we must consider ways of leveraging the new "green" economy as a mechanism for creating new jobs while looking toward a future of sustainability for our children and grandchildren. We need to provide training, skills and education to our state's young people. And we need to develop incentives for community collaborations among private companies and the public sector.