Colorado Concern 

February 2, 2015

Colorado Concern in the News

 

Tamra Ward

Ensuring Colorado voters have as much information as possible when they consider the benefit or the impact of statewide ballot measures is not only good government, it makes good sense.  Specifically, voters should have access to the fiscal impact of a measure as early in the process as possible.  With that in mind, Colorado Concern is leading a bipartisan coalition of nearly 40 businesses, industry and local and county government associations in support of HB15-1057 - Concerning the Process for a Statewide Initiative to be placed on the Ballot - Court/DelGrosso and Sonnenberg/Hodge.  We also are pleased to have the voice of the Governor in support of the proposal, as he noted the measure as a key initiative in his 2015 State of the State Address.

 

HB15-1057 utilizes the current approach in place for the creation of the Blue Book Voter Guide by requiring the Legislative Council to prepare a preliminary fiscal impact statement for any measure that receives a Title from the Title Board.  The fiscal impact statement would be included, along with the synopsis of the proposed measure, on each page of a petition template utilized for collecting signatures to place a measure before voters in November.

 

More than 50 percent of states who use the initiative system require a fiscal impact statement be included to adequately educate voters.  Neighboring states Montana and Utah, as well as Alaska, California, Maine and Missouri, have laws that require a fiscal statement be published on the petition form.

 

This measure creates parity with the process utilized for referred measures, as a proposal considered for ballot placement by the Colorado General Assembly has a fiscal note prepared prior to its consideration by members of the Legislature.  The measure also mirrors the process of any proposed statutory change through legislative action because each bill receives a fiscal note for review prior to consideration by members of the General Assembly.   

 

The legislation also requires that both designated representatives of a proposed ballot measure attend the Review and Comment Hearing staffed by the Legislative Council.  This ensures the individuals have an opportunity to gain the expertise of professional staff regarding how best to craft a measure, as well as to respond to any questions regarding their submission.  Current law requires both designated representatives to attend the Title Board Hearing, a statutory change from 2011 that Colorado Concern supported.  This legislation mirrors that process.
 

HB1057 is opposed by a number of environmental, labor, progressive and conservative advocacy groups.  Did you hear about the intersection where the "Left" meets the "Right"?   This is that space.  From where we and our partners stand, transparency of information, as early as possible in the process, is what Colorado voters deserve.  Supporters of a proposed ballot measure should not be frightened of sharing with their fellow citizens the impact of what they are proposing.  It's only fair.

 

We will keep you posted on the progress of this measure.  Should you have questions about HB 1057 or any other piece of legislation under consideration, please do not hesitate to contact me at tamra@coloradoconcern.com.

 

Warmly,

Tamra  

Tamra

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Colorado Concern News Clips

 

Budgets

Denver Business Journal: January 27

 

Development/Real Estate

Denver Post: January 26

 

Urban-renewal wars return to Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: January 29

 

Bill would ease conservation tax-credit buyers' financial burden

Denver Post: January 30

 

Economy/Economic Development

Denver Business Journal: January 27

 

Denver among Forbes' 10 fastest-growing cities 

Denver Business Journal: January 29

 

Education

Aurora legislator, state Dems, focus on student loans, GOP looks at statewide testing

Aurora Sentinel: January 26

 

Denver Post: January 26

 

Denver Post: January 26

 

Izard: Colorado's K-12 testing debate - what should stay and what should go?

Greeley Tribune: January 29

 

Denver Post: January 29

 

Denver Business Journal: January 30

 

Social Security gap punishes Colorado teachers

The Denver Post: January 30

 

Elections/Politics

Low turnout in Pueblo recall election

KOAA: January 26

 

Colorado campaign finance law stifles free speech

The Denver Post: January 26

 

Denver Post: January 27

 

A One-Two Punch Against the Initiative Process at the Supreme Court

Fox and Hounds Daily: January 28

 

Colorado Springs recall question goes to ballot despite disagreement

Colorado Springs Gazette: January 28

 

Protest filed over $75M Fort Collins tax proposal

The Coloradoan: January 28

 

Governor's legislative lobbyist, Tracee Bentley, leaving for energy job

The Denver Post: January 29

 

Rice: More Judges, Less Guano

Law Week Colorado: January 29

 

The bill to limit elections crimes killed at Capitol

The Durango Herald: January 29

 

Fiscal statements for Colorado ballot issues

The Denver Post: January 31

 

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet for vice president?

The Denver Post: January 31

 

Energy

Denver Post: January 26

 

Denver Post: January 26

 

Denver Business Journal: January 27

 

Denver Business Journal: January 27

 

Colorado court denies Polis brief supporting Longmont's appeal

Longmont Times-Call: January 28

 

Denver Post: January 28

 

Denver Post: January 28

 

Denver Business Journal: January 29

 

Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

Denver Post: January 30

 

Denver Business Journal: January 30

 

Fracking, property rights re-emerge

The Colorado Statesman: January 30

 

General Business

Credit card interest cap before Colorado lawmakers

9NEWS: January 26

 

Colorado ranks No. 1 when it comes to theater, music, museum visits

Denver Post: January 26

 

Denver Post: January 26

 

Denver's newest downtown hotel aims for younger crowd

Denver Business Journal: January 26

 

Sage Hospitality announces new hotel projects in eastern U.S.

Denver Business Journal: January 27

 

Denver Post: January 28

 

A killed bill demonstrates why Colorado regulatory reform won't be easy

Denver Business Journal: January 29

 

Health Care

Denver Post: January 26

 

State Senate cracks down on Connect for Health Colorado

9NEWS: January 27

 

More Coloradans left uninsured by computer glitch

9NEWS: January 27

 

Denver Business Journal: January 28

 

Denver Post: January 28

 

Senate OKs 2 bills increasing health exchange oversight

9NEWS: January 28

 

Denver Post: January 29

 

Denver Business Journal: January 30

 

Denver Business Journal: January 30

 

Immigration

Denver Post: January 28

 

Labor/Employment

Almost half of U.S. households exhaust their salaries to meet expenses

Denver Post: January 30

 

Denver Business Journal: January 30

 

Marijuana

Colorado Legislature talking powdered alcohol, pot taxes

The Coloradoan: January 26

 

MBank pulls out of Colorado a week after taking on cannabis accounts

The Denver Post: January 27

 

Denver Business Journal: January 27

 

Nebraska AG vows to continue fight against Colorado pot

Sioux City Journal: January 27

 

Colorado Legislators in a Dither over Possible Marijuana Tax Refund

GOPUSA: January 28

 

Denver Post: January 28

 

Denver Post: January 28

 

Denver Post: January 29

 

Looming edibles deadline has pot businesses, customers hustling

Denver Post: January 30

 

Taxes

Bill to clip credit card fees on taxes collected by Colorado stores

The Denver Post: January 31

 

Telecommunications

Denver Business Journal: January 29

 

Transportation

Denver Business Journal: January 26

 

Denver Post: January 26

 

Another year, another bill from Republicans to end late fees for vehicle registrations

Denver Business Journal: January 27

 

New Bike Trail Funding Plan Fails In Colorado Legislature

CBS Local: January 29

 

DIA seeks to redevelop Jeppesen Terminal's Great Hall for commerce

Denver Post: January 30

 

Water

Colorado Springs council may flush Mayor Steve Bach's stormwater plan

Colorado Springs Gazette: January 27

 

Hickenlooper: Water usage, not storage, will solve Colorado's shortfall

Denver Post: January 30

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