Colorado Concern 

January 6, 2013

The Week in Review


Happy New Year to you!  As we enter 2014 it is my sincere hope that each of you has a happy, healthy and prosperous year in your future.


January also means it is time for our state's elected leaders to gather, and on Wednesday morning the gavel will drop on the Second Regular Session of the 69th Colorado General Assembly.  For the next 120 days, Colorado Concern's primary focus will be on working with legislators and the Governor's Office to protect, where necessary, and enhance, where possible, Colorado's business climate.


Thanks to all of you who completed Colorado Concern's annual public policy survey.  Your responses are critical in assisting us as we define our agenda for the coming session and beyond.  Below are highlights from your responses:


  • Fifty-eight percent believe Colorado's economic situation will be better a year from now.  Thirty percent believe it will remain about the same.
  • Forty-six percent state that operating their business in Colorado is about the same as it is in other states.  Twenty-two percent say it's easier, and 16 percent note it is harder here than in other locations.
  • Seventy percent of survey respondents did not support Amendment 66, which would have moved Colorado's personal income tax structure from a flat tax to a graduated system.
  • The top five issues members would like our elected leaders to address this legislative session include:
    • o   Recruiting and retaining companies/job growth strategies - 70 percent
    • o   Furthering K-12 reform - 57 percent
    • o   Supporting energy availability and production - 38 percent
    • o   Supporting transportation funding - 36 percent
    • o   Supporting early childhood education funding - 28 percent
  • Policy issues facing the state that are of interest to Colorado Concern members include:
    • o   Understanding PERA - the state's pension system - its operations, solvency and impacts (if any) on taxpayers
    • o   Ensuring the K-12 education reforms passed in the last five years remain the law of the land for Colorado
    • o   Ensuring more integrity in the state's ballot initiative system
  • 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.
  • Frustration with partisan behavior 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 participate in primary elections, or removing the use of the party caucus system.
  • Eighty percent of survey respondents have a clear understanding of hydraulic fracturing and how it is utilized by the energy industry.  A similar number - 82 percent - opposes efforts by local government to add additional levels of regulation on the industry.

Most, if not all of these issues, will be under discussion and debate at the Capitol this session, and we will be there on your behalf.   Each Monday you will receive a Legislative Update covering key issues and our engagement.  A bill matrix also will be provided, allowing you to track measures in real time.  If you have questions, concerns or a specific bill of interest, please do not hesitate to contact me at     


We look forward to seeing you soon.



Colorado Concern Upcoming Events


Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

Click here for more information or to register to attend events.
January 27: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch with Guest Speaker Colorado Senate President Morgan Carroll Co-hosted by Pat Hamill and Sylvia Young
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400. This lunch is currently full.  Please email Paige to be added to the waiting list at
Members in the News


Walter Isenberg

Hospitality industry needs employees with critical skills

Denver Business Journal: December 20

Features Walter Isenberg

 Colorado Concern News Clips



In 2013, the issues that mattered most in Colorado politics

Denver Post: December 29


Testimony from remote locations to be tested when Colorado legislators convene

Denver Post: January 1


Colorado Republicans to reignite gun control, renewable energy mandates debates

Summit Daily News: January 1


Colorado business leaders confident heading into 2014

Denver Post: January 2


Denver Post: January 2


Denver Post: January 2


2014 legislature preview: Lawmakers likely to step lightly this year

Aurora Sentinel: January 2


2014 legislative preview: Sen. Cheri Jahn keeps an eye out for Colorado business

Denver Business Journal: January 3


2014 legislative preview: Colorado's businesswoman who roared may decide key issues

Denver Business Journal: January 3


2014 legislative preview: Here are other Colorado legislators who will be key votes on business bills this year

Denver Business Journal: January 3


2014 legislative preview: 10 business issues at the Colorado statehouse

Denver Business Journal: January 3


2014 legislative preview: Colorado Senate Dems, GOP disagree on whether to restart 2013 debates

Denver Business Journal: January 3


Denver Post: January 3


Denver Post: January 3


4 things to watch in Washington as new year begins

Denver Business Journal: January 3


Fox News: January 4


2014 legislative preview: Colorado House Dems, GOP approach job creation differently

Denver Business Journal: January 4


Denver Post: January 4


Fox News: January 5



Colorado Ballot Measure Could Let Towns Ban Fracking

ThinkProgress: January 3


2014 legislative preview: Colorado's oil and gas industry will play defense in this year's session

Denver Business Journal: January 3


Vaad appointment to Colorado PUC opposed

Denver Business Journal: January 3


Americans' view of clean energy rebounds

Denver Business Journal: January 3



 Flood-response issues to be a focus of Colorado Legislature's 2014

Longmont Daily Times-Call: January 5


General Business

 See YA: Top gun company splits from Colorado, costing state $85 million

Washington Times: January 3


Health Care

Denver Post: January 2


Denver Post: January 2


Labor and Employment

Denver Post: January 3



World's first legal recreational marijuana sales begin in Colorado

Denver Post: January 2


Denver Post: January 2


Denver Post: January 2


Journal-Advocate: January 3


Denver Post: January 3


Colorado's marijuana foes and supporters worked for smooth launch

Denver Post: January 3

In This Issue
Article Headline
Upcoming Events

Members in the News

News Clips

You are invited:
Colorado Succeeds 6th Annual Legislative Academy Breakfast
Jan. 7
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Denver Art Museum
Click here to view the event invitation. Mention you are a member of Colorado Concern to register.
Colorado Concern Board of Directors


Pat Hamill


Kay Norton (Treasurer)

Tamra Ward

(President and CEO)

Joe Blake

Dr. Ted Clarke

Steve Farber

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

Bill Hybl

Walter Isenberg

Don Kortz

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Kate Paul

Blair Richardson

Dan Ritchie 

Dick Robinson
Rick Sapkin
Sylvia Young