Today Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp issued the following statement on the appointment of Ellen Golombek as Executive Director of Department of Labor and Employment.
“Governor-elect Hickenlooper’s appointment to the Department of Labor may certainly take some of the air out of the bipartisan atmosphere he has promised to promote as Governor. His selection of a noted progressive activist and union boss in Ms. Golombek, certainly will raise plenty of eyebrows in Colorado’s business community. And for good reason.”
Just a few weeks ago at the Colorado Press Association the Governor-elect went to great lengths expressing a desire to be “pro-business” and to “do things differently.” Kopp said, “This appointment seems to be a complete reversal of that policy.”
“Nonetheless,” Kopp added, “Ms. Golombek will go through a senate confirmation process. Senators have the constitutional obligation to put to her the same critical questions that every Colorado employer will be asking: Will she promote policies that make it more costly or less costly for businesses to operate in Colorado? Will she be on the side of the bureaucracy or the taxpayer?”