A few weeks ago when Governor John Hickenlooper gave his State of the State address, we pointed out that he was fudging some of his numbers. Well, last week, in an address to Colorado’s business community hosted by the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Hickenlooper outright lied.
As reported by Ed Sealover at The Denver Business Journal:
“He [Hickenlooper] told the assembled business leaders that they were the ones who deserved credit for Colorado jumping from 40th in the nation in job creation in 2010 to fourth in 2013.” [the Peak emphasis]
We know Hickenlooper wants to distract Coloradans from what he really accomplished in 2013 (only one of the most liberal legislative sessions in Colorado history), but this is just ridiculous. Here, he is just straight-up lying.
We here at The Peak have looked high and low to find this “fourth in 2013” that Hickenlooper speaks of, but the best we can find is that Colorado was 4th in job growth in 2012. Had Hickenlooper and the Democrats focused on just maintaining the job growth rate we had in 2012, we would have risen to 2nd in 2013. Instead Hickenlooper decided to focus on enabling one of the most partisan, destructive legislative sessions in 2013. Job growth in Colorado suffered for it, dropping to 10th in 2013.
It gets worse if we focus just on the private sector, you know, like all of those people Hickenlooper was talking to. Looking at just private sector job growth, Colorado dropped from 4th in 2012 to 19th in 2013.
Hickenlooper overreached in 2013 and job growth in Colorado suffered for it. No matter how many times Hickenlooper repeats his lie, he can’t escape his record.