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Jan 12, 2012 5:19 AM by Kate Richards

Hickenlooper to deliver state of State address today

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's split Legislature will hear from Gov. John Hickenlooper about his goals for the coming year and what he wants lawmakers to accomplish during the 2012 session.

The Democrat delivers his annual State of the State address this morning.

He has been calling for easing regulations on businesses to grow the economy. It's a philosophy Republicans have praised, but they've also criticized him for what they see as a lack of progress on the issue. They expect to hear more from him on what direction he wants to take on that subject and the budget.

Hickenlooper says the state can't afford to keep a nearly $100 million property tax break for seniors that Republicans want.

Hickenlooper has urged both parties to collaborate. Lawmakers could hear more of that Thursday.

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