Colo. gov back at Capitol after bike accident |

Colo. gov back at Capitol after bike accident

Associated Press Writer

DENVER – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter held his first news conference after his bike accident last week and said he’s in pain, but recovering. He said it will be next week before he can resume his full schedule.

The governor signed 28 bills on Wednesday, most of them to fix this year’s budget. He also met with his staff at the Capitol.

Ritter said he held the news conference to let people know he was still on the job, even though he suffered six breaks on five ribs, a separated shoulder and previously undisclosed bruising of his lung and a cracked sternum.

Standing at the podium, he tried not to laugh, but he broke into a broad smile while recounting how his children nearly brought him to tears when he returned home and they forced him to watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” a comedy about a teenager who decides to take a day off from school.

“We were five minutes into the video and I had to ask them, not just ask them, I screamed, you have to take it off, because I was laughing so hard it really caused excruciating pain,” he said.

“If you can suggest movies that don’t hit that kind of a note, I may be interested in seeing them,” he said.

Ritter was one of five people bicycling about 2 1/2 miles north of the governor’s mansion March 2 when his wheel hit the wheel of a man in front of him. The fall required Ritter to be hospitalized. The other cyclist had a minor wrist injury.

Ritter said he has also kept up with ongoing issues at the Capitol, including a firestorm created by his decision to sign a bill imposing an online tax that requires out-of-state, online retailers to collect taxes or tell customers how much they owe the state each year.

Instead of complying, notified online affiliates it was canceling its business agreements with them, setting off a debate about Internet taxes.

Ritter said the state needed the money to balance the budget and he rejected calls to repeal it.

“This needs to be resolved nationally. We are not of a mind to back off,” Ritter said.

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