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Colorado lawmakers seek money to attract tech jobs

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm •  Published: January 7, 2013

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers proposed a plan Monday calling for as much as $20 million a year to attract more tech companies and their high-paying jobs to the state.

The first House bill of the new legislative session sparked hope for political cooperation and a renewed focus on the economy.

The legislation aims to grow the bioscience, aerospace, electronics and information technology sectors — and draw high-paying jobs to the state.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper previously said the bill is one of his priorities for the session that starts Wednesday.

The investments can function as a magnet to help bring entrepreneurs to Colorado, he said

Republican leaders said they are open to the idea.

"If that bill creates opportunity for Coloradoans, and we can do it in a cost-effective manner, Republicans will support that," said GOP House Leader Mark Waller.

Republican Rep. Cheri Gerou is a sponsor of the bill.

Supporters say they want to take advantage of existing research institutions and federal labs in Colorado to spur collaboration with the private sector and lure new jobs.

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