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UPCOMING EVENTS

Below is a list of upcoming Colorado Concern events.  Click here for more information or to register to attend events.

Thursday, February 18, Members-Only Meeting with Senate President Bill Cadman and Minority Leader Lucia Guzman
3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Colorado State Capitol (additional meetings with Cadman and Guzman March 17 & April 14 at the same time)

Wednesday, February 24, Members-Only Meeting with House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst and Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso
3:30 to 4:00 p.m., Colorado State Capitol (additional meetings with Hullinghorst and DelGrosso March 23 & April 20 at the same time)

Thursday, March 3, Colorado Concern Clean Power Plan Breakfast with David Eves (Xcel), Patrick Mooney (IREA) & Dave Lock (Tri-State), hosted by Barry Hirschfeld & Steve Farber
7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Colorado Concern, 140 E. 19th Avenue, Suite 400

Friday, March 25, Colorado Concern Annual Luncheon with Governor John Hickenlooper
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Carriage House at the Governor's Mansion

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, April 19, Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch Hosted by Sylvia Young
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 
Colorado Concern, 140 E. 19th Avenue, Suite 400

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Colorado Concern Board of Directors

Blair Richardson

(Chairman)

John Ikard

(Treasurer)

Mike Kopp

(Executive Director)

Steve Farber

Tim Gill

Pat Hamill

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

L. Roger Hutson

Bill Hybl

Walter Isenberg

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Chip Rimer

Dan Ritchie 

Rick Sapkin

Sylvia Young 

A CHAMPION FOR BUSINESS UNDER THE DOME AND ON THE BALLOT

The legislative session began on January 13.  So far it's been more like a hill climb than a descent; that will change soon enough.  While we are monitoring a host of issues, we are also actively working with legislative leaders to reform the state's construction defects statutes.  The process will be attenuated, but it is good to see Majority Leader Scheffel and Speaker Hullinghorst working together on this project and providing some solid leadership.
 
Additionally, Pinnacol Assurance is working on a modest proposal to update its operating model for the first time since its inception in 1915, which would allow the company to follow its employees out of state.  Currently, it is unable to directly provide coverage to its customers' employees who work in other states.  The mobility of the modern workforce represents the starkest of contrasts to the world of the early 20th century, and Pinnacol is asking the legislature to allow it to make this basic adaptation.
 
While not a legislative topic, Amendment 69, the so-called ColoradoCare initiative that would create the nation's first single-payer health care system, will be on the ballot this fall.  We believe it is critical that this not become law.  To pay for it, proponents seek a $25 billion annual tax, levied on all employers and employees.  This would make Colorado's income tax the highest in the nation, and the price tag for the government-run system would nearly equal the entire state budget.  Colorado Concern will expend considerable effort this year to be sure the measure is soundly defeated.
 
Also headed for the ballot is an initiative to bring about a reform to the state's constitutional amendment process.  The aim is to create a more stable constitutional document for the state.  Whereas, proponents may currently gather 98,000 voter signatures from a single locale in the state, the measure proposes that signatures must be gathered from all 35 of the state's senate districts so that support for an idea demonstrates strong regionalized support.  Additionally, rather than just passing the 50% plus one threshold as it required now, the measure would require that future ballot initiatives be required to achieve a 55% majority.  We believe the constitution should be a more stable document, as is the US Constitution, and that the state will be better off in the long run if it is.
 
The policy environment is always changing, and the involvement of leaders like you is important.  Please consider joining other CC members and me at one of our leadership meetings at the State Capitol.  If you can't make those, check in with us at our Clean Power Plan discussion with electric utility execs and members, David Eves (Xcel) and Patrick Mooney (IREA) on March 3, or at our lunch with the Governor on March 25.
 
Go Broncos!

Mike
Colorado Concern Legislative Update

Click here to find out what legislation Colorado Concern is tracking this year. The report includes links to bill text, sponsors, Colorado Concern's positions, bill status, and additional notes.
In appreciation for your continued support, the CELL would like to extend tickets to an exclusive VIP reception & program

Join The CELL, The Denver Post & The University of Denver for 
 Can We Defeat ISIS?
featuring
Graeme Wood, Contributing Editor at 
The Atlantic
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.), Fmr. Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Samuel J. Rascoff, Faculty Director at NYU's Center on Law and Security
hosted by
U.S. Senator Cory Gardner
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 I 5PM reception I 7PM program 
The Newman Center, University of Denver, 2344 East Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 
For questions call 303-844-4000 x 7
Tickets are non-transferable

Kim Day
Denver Airport Property to Be Opened to Unprecedented Development
Construction Reporter News: January 19
Features Kim Day with Denver International Airport
 
Kelly Brough
Colorado leaders launch campaign against single-payer health proposal
Denver Post: January 27
Features Kelly Brough with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
 
Low oil prices driving innovation in Colorado's oil and gas sector
Denver Business Journal: February 1
Features Brad Holly with Anadarko
 
Michael Long
Arrow builds Super Bowl image campaign from Legos and paper airplanes
Denver Post: February 4
Features Arrow Electronics
Colorado Concern News Clips
Budget/TABOR
KOAA: January 13
 
Denver Post: January 20
 
The Colorado Statesman: January 20
 
Denver Post: January 22
 
Development/Real Estate
Denver Post: January 19

Denver Business Journal: January 22
 
The Durango Herald: January 27
 
Economy/Economic Development
Denver Post: January 22
 
Denver Business Journal: January 26
 
Villager Publishing: January 27
 
Education
The Denver Post: January 16
 
The Durango Herald: January 20
 
Denver Business Journal: January 22
 
Denver Post: January 26
 
Denver Post: February 1
 
The Durango Herald: February 2
 
Denver Post: February 4
 
Elections/Politics/Government
The Denver Post: January 13
 
The Denver Post: January 13
 
Denver Business Journal: January 13
 
The Denver Post: January 13
 
The Colorado Statesman: January 13
 
The Denver Post: January 14
 
Colorado Springs Gazette: January 14
 
Denver Business Journal: January 14
 
The Durango Herald: January 14
 
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: January 14
 
The Denver Post: January 14
 
9NEWS: January 14
 
The Colorado Independent: January 15
 
The Coloradoan: January 16
 
The Colorado Independent: January 16
 
The Denver Post: January 17
 
Washington Times: January 19
 
The Denver Post: January 20
 
The Colorado Statesman: January 20
 
Colorado Springs Gazette: January 20
 
ProgressNow Colorado: January 21
 
Complete Colorado: January 21
 
Denver Business Journal: January 22
 
The Colorado Statesman: January 25
 
Denver Post: January 25
 
The Colorado Statesman: January 26
 
The Colorado Independent: January 30
 
The Colorado Independent: February 2
 
9NEWS: February 3
 
Energy
Complete Colorado: January 14
 
The Durango Herald: January 21
 
Denver Business Journal: January 22
 
CPR: January 25               
 
The Durango Herald: January 26
 
Denver Post: January 26
 
Denver Business Journal: January 26
 
The Colorado Statesman: January 26
 
Denver Post: January 27
 
Denver Business Journal: January 28
 
Denver Post: February 1
 
General Business
The Denver Post: January 18
 
Denver Post: January 22
 
Denver Post: January 25
 
Denver Business Journal: January 26
 
Colorado Public Radio: January 26
 
CPR: February 4
 
Health Care
The Denver Post: January 17
 
The Colorado Statesman: January 18
 
Denver Post: January 25
 
Denver Post: January 25
 
Colorado Public Radio: January 26
 
The Colorado Independent: January 26
 
The Colorado Independent: January 27
 
The Denver Post: January 27
 
The Colorado Independent: January 29
 
Denver Post: January 31
 
Denver Post: February 3
 
Labor/Employment
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: January 29
 
The Colorado Statesman: February 2
 
Denver Business Journal: February 2
 
CPR: February 2
 
Marijuana
Denver Post: January 25
 
Durango Herald: January 25
 
Tax
Denver Business Journal: February 2
 
Transportation
The Colorado Statesman: January 21
 
Denver Business Journal: January 22
 
The Denver Post: January 26
 
Denver Post: January 28
 
Denver Business Journal: February 2