Strategic | Where We Engage

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Colorado Concern produces a weekly newsletter for its members during the Colorado State Legislative Session, January through May. Click here to view archives of these newsletters.

From the President and CEO

The Week in Review: April 21, 2014

Last month we shared with you the work Colorado Concern has been doing with the Metro Mayors Caucus, the affordable housing community, like-minded business groups and the development community to craft a solution focused on addressing a lack of multifamily, for-sale development (condominiums) in our state.

You may recall that current state law is written in such a fashion that class-action litigation over construction defects is the norm, not the exception. As a result, the costs of condominiums rise out of the reach of many entry-level buyers - including young families with children. And that's if the condominiums are built at all. This is a market that builders would like to serve, but they simply cannot afford to shoulder the risk. And so, today, multifamily projects are being built as "for rent" properties, which serve an important segment of our population, but do not meet the needs of all. Like you, we prefer that the market - not the legal environment - shapes Colorado's housing inventory. And we believe there are reasonable common sense remedies included in Sen. Jesse Ulibarri's Homeownership Opportunity Act of 2014.

Politics, not good policy, is now driving the debate on this issue. With the legislative session ending on May 7, the clock is ticking. Both Senate President Morgan Carroll and Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino have voiced concerns with the proposal, and to-date the President has not taken the necessary steps to read the legislation across the desk and assign it for committee hearing(s). We believe that must occur - and now.

Add your voice to those of others in Colorado Concern, the broader business community, affordable housing advocates and municipal leaders by taking action through our ENGAGE System. Click here to begin the process. A prepared message on the issue is available, and by typing in your home address the program will target the message to legislative leaders and your personal representative in the Colorado House and Senate.

Thank you for your action.

Should you have questions about this proposal, or any other legislative measure, 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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