Governor tells lawmakers to ‘giddy up’ during final State of the State

DENVER -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered his final State of the State address on Thursday.

"So one last time from this podium, giddy up," Hickenlooper told lawmakers.

In front of a crowded House Chamber, including a slew of candidates for governor, he spoke about his priorities during his final year in office.

"Let's pledge here and now that we will not tolerate sexual harassment in the State of Colorado," Hickenlooper said.

The sexual harassment scandal involving lawmakers has preoccupied much of the debate so far during the session.

The governor also touched on the recent decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be more involved in state's where marijuana is legal.

"By the way, I don't think any of us are wild about Washington telling us what's good for us," Hickenlooper said.

Not surprisingly, Hickenlooper addressed transportation -- suggesting it's time lawmakers send to voters a proposal to raise taxes in order to improve congested highways.

"Coloradans deserve the opportunity to vote on whether we need new resources and where they should come from,"  Hickenlooper said.

As he left the chamber to applause and hugs, Republicans already pounced on his call for new taxes.

"This is the year to fix the roads without raising taxes," said Rep. Patrick Neville, Republican leader in the House.

In a sit-down interview, Hickenlooper also spoke about his future -- and whether or not it will include a run for president.

"My wife and I have talked about it, but I bet if I spend more than 1 or 2 percent of my time thinking about it I would be amazed," Hickenlooper said.

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