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Jan 12, 2012 1:20 PM by Paul Kavanaugh

Governor Hickenlooper touts business success and calls for civil unions

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper urged lawmakers to pass civil unions and attract businesses by showing they can cooperate.

Hickenlooper said Thursday during his annual State of the State address that "government should treat all people equally." He also encouraged them to prove "cynics" wrong who believe they'll struggle to find compromises because they're in an election year.

Hickenlooper also cited some successes from his first year in office, including attracting Arrow Electronics to move to Colorado and that the majority of lawmakers were to vote for the budget.

Hickenlooper emphasized that the state can't afford to keep a nearly $100 million property tax credit for seniors because of the state's finances. He says that's another reason why lawmakers should concentrate on attracting business.

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