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01/12/2012 09:29 am ET Updated Jan 12, 2012

Hickenlooper's State Of The State: Colo. Governor To Address Pressing Issues Of 2012

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will deliver his second State of the State address to the House and Senate and is expected to address a wide range of issues to set goals for the 2012 session. Hickenlooper will speak at 11 a.m. to the state legislature and a live stream of the speech can be watched at the Colorado Channel, here.

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Hickenlooper gave CBS4 a bit of a sneak peek into his speech saying that a large focus will be on job creation, "Our priority has got to be jobs," Hickenlooper told CBS4.

KRDO reports that lawmakers are also expecting Hickenlooper to discuss how he will grow the state economy citing that the governor has been calling for easing regulations on business, which has brought praise by by state Republicans, but also criticism for what they see as a lack of progress on the issue.

Educators will be listening in for any mention of the proposed K-12 funding cuts of $89 million that the governor included in his 2012-13 state budget, but then withdrew after December state revenue forecasts were better than expected, Education News Colorado reports.

The Denver Post reports that Hickenlooper is expected to speak about his much-rumored "To Be Determined" initiative that is thought to be a large-scale statewide civic engagement effort with the hope of getting closer to a consensus on a number of issues from education to transportation.

The issue of civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado may also come up -- the governor had expressed support for same-sex unions in 2011.

Another contentious issue on the table is the $100 million senior homestead property tax exemption which Republicans are pushing to restore in 2012, but Hickenlooper has proposed to eliminate, Fox31 reports.

Tune into the Colorado Channel on channel 165 for Comcast subscribers or watch a live stream online at the Colorado Channel website.

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