Governor-elect Jared Polis talks about goals for next legislative session

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Governor-elect Jared Polis making another stop in Colorado Springs on Monday at the Colorado Counties Inc. Winter Conference at Hotel Elegante, addressing county commissioners from across the state about the importance of Colorado counties working together. 

Polis spoke to FOX21 about some of his biggest goals for this next legislative session. 

The governor-elect says one of the things he’s already working right now is recruiting cabinet members. Polis says he has been calling business people and folks who have worked in state government for both republicans and democrats and encouraging them to apply. 

Polis also says he’s focusing on bringing real change to Colorado families. 

“Everything from full-day kindergarten which we hope in the next legislative session to make available to every family across our state. We currently only have half-day kindergarten, parents have to pay for full-day,” said Polis. 

Free full-day kindergarten for all Colorado families was also a big focus during Polis’ campaign. 

Another focus, healthcare. Polis says he wants to work with Republicans, Democrats, and independents to round up ideas for reducing healthcare costs. 

Lastly, reducing the state income tax, which was also a big issue the governor-elect campaigned on.  

Polis said, “Going after tax expenditures, reducing special interest tax giveaways and loopholes and using the proceeds to reduce the state income tax between three and five percent is what we think we can get to. Obviously the more we can reduce the state income tax, the better.”

Polis takes office replacing term-limited Governor John Hickenlooper on January 8. 

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