Colorado Concern 

March 9, 2015

The Week in Review

 

Tamra Ward

We have reached the halfway point:   Fewer than 60 days remain for lawmakers to complete their work during the First Session of the 70th Colorado General Assembly.

To date, from Colorado Concern's perspective, the session has been relatively uneventful.  That said, simmering pots soon will boil around a number of important issues, including:

  • oil and gas rules and regulations and whether the Governor's Task Force went far enough;
  • addressing the flaw in the current statute that has put nearly a stop to any for-sale, multifamily housing being built;
  • transparency around the fiscal impact of initiated ballot measures and student testing and attempts to repeal key education reforms put in place in recent years. 

Add to all those issues the regular wrangling that occurs around passing the state budget, and it will be both a marathon and a sprint for the next nine weeks.

 

Today, many of you will be with us for our annual luncheon with Governor John Hickenlooper and key members of his cabinet.  Each of these issues will be a focal point of our discussion with our state's chief executive.  Colorado Concern and the Hickenlooper Administration are in alignment as it relates to the importance of these measures, and we are proud to partner with them as we look to implement strategies that will move our state forward in energy policy, development of a mix of housing options, ensuring voters have as much information as possible regarding proposed ballot measures and accountability and the appropriate rigor and reporting in our  K-12 education system, as today's students are tomorrow' s workforce.

 

Specific to one of those areas - increasing the climate to build multifamily, for-sale housing - click here for a link to the updated Web site of the Homeownership Opportunity Alliance.  The Web site provides information about the issue, the solution - SB15-177, coalition members and advocacy opportunities for you to connect with your legislator.  Social media activities also are under way on behalf of this broad coalition, of which Colorado Concern is a founding member.  A hearing on the measure will occur in the coming weeks.  We will alert you when that information is formalized.

 

If you have questions about these issues, or any other legislative proposal, please do not hesitate to contact me at tamra@coloradoconcern.com.

 

Warmly,

Tamra  

Tamra


 
Colorado Concern Legislative Tracking

 

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Colorado Concern Upcoming Events
 

Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events.  

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Thursday, April 7: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch Co-Hosted by David McReynolds and Blair Richardson

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East. 19th Avenue, Suite 400

Members in the News 

Kim Day  

Denver Post: March 2

Features Kim Day

 

Michael Long  

Denver Business Journal: March 2

Features Mike Long

 

Steve Jordan  

Denver Business Journal: March 4
Features Stephen Jordan

 

Shaun Yancey  

Colorado business among Fortune's 100 best companies to work for

Denver Business Journal: March 6

Features Shaun Yancey


Colorado Concern News Clips

 

Development/Real Estate

Is it too easy to sue for construction defects?

The Durango Herald: March 2       

 

Denver Post: March 2

 

Denver Post: March 3

 

Littleton voters pass measure restricting city's urban renewal powers

Denver Post: March 4

 

Denver Business Journal: March 4

 

Littleton passes first-of-its-kind Colorado ordinance requiring voter approval on urban renewal

Denver Business Journal: March 5

 

Average home price in metro Denver tops $390K

Denver Business Journal: March 6

 

Economy/Economic Development

More trouble for Gaylord Rockies hotel subsidies

Denver Business Journal: March 3

 

State legislature poised to jump into Gaylord hotel fray, angering Aurora officials

Aurora Sentinel: March 4

 

Denver Business Journal: March 4

 

Denver Post: March 6

 

Colorado legislature works together in effort to grow middle class

Colorado Springs Gazette: March 6

 

Education

 New York Times: March 3

 

Grant Program Focuses On Colorado's Troubled Students

KUNC: March 5

 

Budget writers reject $30M request for college scholarship fund

The Denver Post: March 5

 

Colorado crosses its fingers and starts taking the tests

Chalkbeat Colorado: March 5

 

Denver Post: March 6

 

Elections/Politics

Gold Dome: Things Are Heating Up at the Capitol

State Bill Colorado: March 2

 

Legislature looks ahead to aging population

9NEWS: March 3

 

At legislative midpoint, Gov. John Hickenlooper faces crucial test

Denver Post: March 4

 

Dealing to do in Colorado legislature's second half

9NEWS: March 5

 

Denver Post: March 5

 

Budget, police bills, and pot taxes pending as Colorado lawmakers reach session's midpoint

The Republic: March 7

 

Legislative battles are coming

The Durango Herald: March 8

 

Energy

Rollback of renewable-energy standards dies in Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: March 3

 

Two Local Control Recommendations Sent to Colorado Legislature

Natural Gas Intelligence: March 3

 

Colorado adopts rules for oil and gas operations in flood zones

Denver Post: March 3

 

Denver Business Journal: March 3

 

Colorado crude oil getting new pipeline to market

Denver Business Journal: March 3

 

Colorado House kills Senate bill to rollback renewable energy standard

Denver Post: March 3

 

Xcel Energy seeks $109 million increase in Colorado natural gas rates

Denver Post: March 4

 

USGS: More data needed to assess any fracking-pollution link

Denver Post: March 4

 

Denver Business Journal: March 4

 

More data needed on fracking, water

The Durango Herald: March 5

 

Domestic Fuel: March 5

 

Denver Business Journal: March 5

 

Colorado's in the top 10 for new clean energy jobs, mostly in wind power

Denver Business Journal: March 6

 

9 big Colorado oil, gas drillers reel in spending, steady production

The Leader: March 8

 

General Business

Colorado liquor laws could see changes come 2016

KXRM: March 8

 

Health Care

Denver Post: March 2

 

Denver Post: March 5

 

Denver Business Journal: March 5

 

Denver Business Journal: March 6

 

Denver Post: March 6

 

Cheaper generic biotech drugs loom as 'biosimilars' law advances in Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: March 7

 

Immigration

Q&A: Denver metro execs discuss immigration issues

Denver Business Journal: March 2

 

Denver Post: March 5

 

Labor/Employment

Denver Post: March 2

 

Denver Post: March 2

 

Parent time-off bill starts down rocky and familiar road in Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: March 3

 

Bill Expanding Parental Rights Jumps Hurdle At Colorado Capitol

CBS Local: March 5

 

Major workforce-development package introduced in Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: March 6

 

Bill to create Colorado employee medical-leave program reintroduced

Denver Business Journal: March 6

 

Denver business Journal: March 6

 

Marijuana

Denver Business Journal; March 4

 

Marijuana Legalization: Colorado Faces Lawsuit From Sheriffs Over Cannabis Law

International Business Times: March 5

 

Denver Post: March 6

 

Tax

Supreme Court clears the way for challenge to Colorado 'Amazon tax'

Denver Business Journal: March 3

 

Supreme Court kicks Colorado online tax case to federal court

The Denver Post: March 5

 

Denver Post: March 5

 

Transportation

Denver Business Journal: March 2

 

Denver Post: March 2

 

Denver Post: March 2

 

Denver Post: March 4

 

Water

Denver Business Journal: March 6

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