Strategic | Where We Engage

Each year the Colorado General Assembly considers 500 or more pieces of legislation. Are you interested in which bills Colorado Concern is tracking during the 2015 legislative session and where each bill is in the process? Click here for an "At a Glance" status sheet, or for a real-time status sheet with additional details, click here.

Colorado Concern Advocacy

Click here to find out what issues Colorado Concern worked on during the 2015 state legislative session, locate and contact your elected federal, state and local officials, and learn more about important issues facing businesses in Colorado.

United | Weekly Legislative Update

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: May 11, 2015

Score a win for Colorado voters and transparency! In the final days of the 70th Session of the Colorado General Assembly, HB15-1057, requiring that a fiscal impact statement is included on a petition circulated to secure placement for a statewide ballot measure, passed both chambers of the Legislature and is on its way to the Governor's desk for his signature.

This measure was a key initiative for Colorado Concern, and we led the statewide coalition of nearly 40 organizations that worked with members of both parties and the Governor's team to get this important piece of legislation passed. We faced stiff opposition by organized labor, environmental groups and self-identified progressive and conservative interests, but when the final votes were taken a bipartisan group of lawmakers came together to provide our citizens with greater transparency. Thank you to those of you who weighed in through our ENGAGE platform. Your voice made a difference. Colorado now joins a growing list of states that provide their citizens with an up-front estimate of the cost and/or benefit of a proposed ballot measure.

A special thank you to our lobbying team - Erin Silver and Pete Kirchhof - for their dogged work on this bill - this was a heavy lift - as well as their efforts on our behalf throughout the legislative session.

To the numbers: This year 680 bills were introduced. As the final gavel dropped on Wednesday evening the Governor had signed 183 measures, and 301 were killed in the process.

For a detailed recap of the session and all issues of interest to the business community, please click here for a report prepared by our team.

Should you have questions about any issue debated at the Capitol this session 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-two percent believe Colorado’s economic situation will be better a year from now. Almost 43 percent feel the economy will be “about the same”.
  • Forty-eight percent feel operating their business in Colorado is about the same as operating in most states. Twenty-four percent feel it is harder to operate in Colorado..

Colorado Concern's Top Five Issues for Elected Officials

  • Recruit and retain companies/job growth strategies.
  • Strengthen the process to put measures on the Colorado ballot.
  • Ensure attempts to ban energy development are stopped.
  • Address issues in multifamily construction defect laws.
  • Further K-12 education reform.

Policy Issues Facing the State of interest to Colorado Concern members

  • Protecting Colorado's business climate by stopping bad legislation and supporting measures that enhance job growth.
  • Recruiting, vetting and electing statewide candidates who have an understanding of business issues.
  • Stopping any attempt to ban energy development in Colorado, legislatively or at the ballot box.

Health Care

  • Nearly all of Colorado Concern members provide health insurance benefits to their employees.
  • A full 76 percent of them have experienced health insurance premium increases in the past year.
  • The majority of members seeing increases experienced premium bumps of 10 percent or more. This has caused half of those members to make changes to how they provide health insurance coverage to their employees.

Elections

Frustration with partisanship is at an all-time high, both in Washington and here at home.

  • Sixty-seven percent of Colorado Concern’s members are interested in learning about modifying our current political primary candidate election process by allowing unaffiliated voters to directly participate in primary elections.
  • Seventy-six percent support or removing the use of the party caucus system.

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