Strategic | Where We Engage
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From the President and CEO
The Week in Review: November 10, 2014
While it's safe to turn your television back on, and your mailbox is no longer over-flowing with direct mail from both candidates and ballot issue campaigns, the 2014 election cycle continued to play out past Nov. 4 with county clerks in several areas of the state tabulating results until late in the week. In the balance - control of both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly, and the opportunity to set the policy and political agenda for our state. When all was said and done split control occurred, with the Republicans gaining control of the Senate, and the Democrats retaining leadership in the House. At the executive branch level, Governor Hickenlooper was granted a second term after a tight race against former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez.
Colorado Concern believes that a balance of power in the state legislative branch is of benefit to the business community, and had outlined as one of its key initiatives for 2014 achieving that outcome. The results of the election allow us to check the box that we met that goal.
According to analysis from the Secretary of State's office, nearly $150 million was spent on constitutional and legislative candidates and ballot issues this year. While that is a sizeable sum, the actual figure is likely much higher as organizations known as c4s (for their placement in the U.S. tax code) are not governed by the same reporting and disclosure requirements. Additionally, this total does not include the political spend for federal office seekers. According to the Federal Election Commission, more than $81 million was spent between U.S. House and Senate contests in the Centennial State. It's no wonder we all have campaign ad fatigue.
With the election behind us we now turn toward our legislative agenda for 2015. If you have not yet completed Colorado Concern's public policy survey, please do so here. We value your thoughts and opinions. Thank you in advance.
Tamra J. Ward
President and CEO
Archived legislative updates can be viewed here.
Committed | Member Survey Highlights
Member engagement is critical in setting our agenda. Each fall our CEOs, business and community leaders provide their feedback to a public policy survey.
Jobs and the Economy
- Fifty-six percent believe Colorado’s economic situation will be better a year from now. Almost 33% feel the economy will be “about the same”.
- Forty-seven percent feel operating their business in Colorado is about the same as operating in most states. Just 16 percent feel it is harder to operate in Colorado.
- Nearly 73 percent of respondents opposed the 2013 ballot measure implementing a graduated income tax to increase funding for education.
Colorado Concern's Top Five Issues for Elected Officials
- Recruit and retain companies/job growth strategies
- Protect tax credits and sales tax exemptions
- Address issues in current construction defect law that limits “for sale” multi-family building
- Ensure the regulation and enforcement of Amendment 64 (marijuana) is sound
- Ensure transparency and fiscal solvency of PERA, the public sector retirement system
Policy Issues Facing the State of interest to Colorado Concern members
- Electing statewide candidates who have an understanding of business issues
- Increasing financial resources to programs like P-20 education, roads and bridges through a statewide ballot issue
- Protecting Colorado’s business climate by stopping bad legislation, supporting measures that enhance job growth
- Ninety percent of Colorado Concern members provide health insurance benefits to their employees, but 80 percent do not believe federal reform will reduce the cost of care for them, or those they cover.
- Frustration with partisanship is at an all-time high, both in Washington and here at home. More than half of Colorado Concern’s members are interested in learning about modifying our current political primary candidate election process, either allowing unaffiliated voters to directly part pate in primary elections, or removing the use of the party caucus system.
- Eighty percent of Colorado Concern members have a clear understanding of hydraulic fracturing and how it is utilized by the energy industry. A similar amount – 82 percent – do not support efforts by local government to add additional levels of regulation, on top of state law, on the industry.
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