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From the President and CEO

The Week in Review: July 28, 2014,

Next Monday - Aug. 4- is an important day as it relates to the 2014 General Election. It is the last date proponents of a statewide ballot measure can submit signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State to secure placement on the November ballot. A total of 86,105 signatures from registered Colorado voters are required. As some signatures will not be valid, proponents historically submit up to double that figure.

The most contentious issues that are expected to have signatures submitted for ballot placement are Initiatives 88 and 89, which are financed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-2 CD), and if passed, would ban energy development in Colorado.

Congressman Polis' team was late entering the field to collect signatures, so it is possible his total submittal numbers will be lower than is usually presented, making success of ballot placement likely, but more challenging.

Earlier this month, when the option of a Special Session of the Colorado General Assembly became unfeasible, Governor Hickenlooper joined forces with business, civic and energy industry leaders to publicly confirm his opposition to these proposals and to state he will actively work to ensure their defeat. He thanked Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED),
Protect Colorado and Coloradans for Responsible Reform (CFRR) for the work they have done, and will continue to do, to educate voters in our state about the key role energy development plays in job creation and our economic wellbeing, as well as its impact on state and local revenue, K-12 school funding and our path toward national energy independence.

As you know Colorado Concern is actively involved with all three organizations noted above. Should you wish to engage directly, please contact me, and we will ensure that occurs.

We will continue to keep you up to speed on our efforts to ensure Colorado's energy industry remains strong, as well as on other proposed ballot measures that submit signatures for ballot placement.

Should you have questions or concerns, 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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