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From the President and CEO

The Week in Review:September 15, 2014,

The Task Force charged with investigating how best to create harmony between local governments and the oil and gas industry was named by Governor Hickenlooper last week. Twenty-one individuals, with varying backgrounds, professional affiliations, geographic representation and knowledge of the issues were tasked with crafting recommendations for the Colorado General Assembly to consider during the final months of the 2015 legislative session. The ultimate goal of this effort is to find common ground that will provide reasonable certainty that a statewide ballot fight focused on shuttering the oil and gas industry does not occur in future years.

Task Force members, listed below, will begin their work immediately. Any recommendations for action will require a two-thirds majority, or the issue of majority and minority opinions.

Sara Barwinski, member of community group, Weld Air and Water
Bernie Buescher, former Colorado Secretary of State
Peter Dea, president & CEO, Cirque Resources LP
Jim Fitzgerald, rancher, educator, activist
Russ George, former Speaker of the House and former executive director of Department of Natural Resources
Jon Goldin-Dubois, president, Western Resources Advocates
Brad Holly, vice president of operations (Rocky Mountain Region), Anadarko
Dan Kelly, vice president of Wattenberg Business Unit, Noble Energy
Rebecca Kourlis, retired justice of the Colorado Supreme Court; executive director, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
Steve Moreno, Clerk and Recorder, Weld County
Perry Pearce, manager of state government affairs (Rocky Mountain Region), ConocoPhillips
Kent Peppler,president, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union; farmer
Pat Quinn, former mayor, Broomfield
Bruce Rau, vice chairman/treasurer, Colorado Association of Home Builders
Jeff Robbins, attorney, Goldman Robbins & Nicholson
Matt Sura, attorney, Law Office of Matthew Sura
Will Toor, former Boulder mayor and Boulder County Commissioner
Elbra Wedgeworth, chief government & community relations officer, Denver Health
Scot Woodall, president & CEO, Bill Barrett Corporation

The Task Force is chaired by La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt and Randy Cleveland, president of XTO Energy, Inc.

Colorado Concern will be actively monitoring the efforts of the group, and providing context from the business community's lens, as appropriate. Should you have questions about the Task Force, or the scope of its work, 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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