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From the President and CEO

The Week in Review: September 29, 2014,

Thanks to each of you who were able to join us last Wednesday morning to hear from former U. S. Interior Secretary and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar. The Secretary served as a co-chair of Coloradans for Responsible Reform (CFRR) - the issue committee that was focused on defeating the proposed statewide ballot measures targeting energy development in Colorado prior to their withdrawal in August. He was very candid in his assessment of the challenges and opportunities before our state, and country, as it pertains to energy development.

On a national scale, Secretary Salazar noted his support for the Keystone XL Pipeline and the importance of energy independence for our country. When asked about the proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding clean air and carbon dioxide emissions, he stated his expectation was the Obama Administration would proceed with its efforts and would complete the rule process. That said, he believed there was a seat at the table for industry as there was an acknowledgement that putting in place a plan that could be rolled back by a future Congress, or Administration, because the engagement was not appropriate, would lead the proponents to seek a hard fought, but middle ground.

The Secretary also noted the Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force, which is tasked with seeking clarity around energy development and the role of local government in rules and regulations, would be gathering for its first formal meeting later that morning. He was cautiously optimistic that the group would find some common ground, but also noted there are individuals and organizations that would prefer to put an end to any kind of extraction in Colorado, and a statewide ballot strategy to meet their mission remained likely.

Public comment was accepted at the Oil and Gas Task Force meeting, and I attended to share our support for the work the members would be undertaking, and to reiterate the economic driver oil and gas development is in our state. Click here for a copy of my remarks.

Should you have questions about the work of the Task Force, or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact me at tamra@coloradoconcern.com.

Warmly,

Tamra J. Ward
President and CEO
Colorado Concern

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.

Colorado Taxes

  • 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

Health Care

  • 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.

Elections

  • 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.

Energy

  • 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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