Colorado

Jan 5, 2010 3:40 PM by Associated Press

New push for Colorado jobs announced

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and state lawmakers announced three new pieces of legislation on Tuesday to help create jobs in Colorado's film, arts and other creative industries.

Ritter says a recent economic analysis shows that creative industries support 186,000 jobs in Colorado, making it the fifth-largest employment sector and among the fastest growing job clusters in the state.

The bills would merge the Colorado Council on the Arts, Art in Public Places and the Office of Film. Another bill would require contractors for all new state buildings to spend 1 percent on public art and another that would allow the state to provide $300,000 in incentives even if a film company doesn't comply with a law requiring 75 percent of a non-payroll budget in Colorado.

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