Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing a new office that his administration says will research the state’s “rapidly changing economy and workforce.”
The office, called the Office of Future of Work, will be part of the Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), and will have to report annually to Polis with policy recommendations.
Polis signed the executive order establishing the office during a press conference Wednesday at Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver.
“Colorado’s economy is the envy of the nation but to ensure that success touches everyone in our state, we must prepare workers for the jobs of the future,” Polis said. “Technology, cost of education and a shifting need for skills are just a few of the challenges our workforce faces. This Office will be dedicated to developing effective strategies to combat these challenges and set Coloradans up to thrive.”
Details on what the new office will cost taxpayers were not released.
Sage Naumann, spokesman for Colorado Senate GOP, mocked the office on Twitter, saying it’s the third new office created this year.
“The Democrats’ insistence on creating a new layer of bureaucracy sure feels like a Monty Python skit. We may need an Office of Coffee because we’re getting tired of trying to keep up,” Naumann said. “This marks three new offices in one year, all complete with undefined goals, broad powers, and a name straight from the brain of George Orwell.”
Polis’ administration also said the new office would occasionally work with the Just Transition Office, which was created by the legislature to help the workforce transitioning out of the coal industry.
Polis signed an executive order earlier this year establishing the Office of Saving People Money on Health Care, which is headed by Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, who got a pay raise for her role as director of the office.