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

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

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

Monday, March 14, Defining Issues Breakfast with guest speakers Chip Rimer, David McReynolds, Lee White and Kent Thiry
7:30 to 9:30 a.m., DaVita, 2000 16th Street, Denver

Wednesday, March 17  Meeting with Senate President Bill Cadman and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman
2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Colorado State Capitol (another meeting with Senators Cadman and Guzman will take place April 14 at 2:00)

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

Yogi Berra's famous "It's like déjà vu all over again!" aphorism applies to this year's election cycle.  When voters open their ballots this fall they will likely be confronted by another round of ballot measures designed to bring about the collapse of Colorado's oil and gas industry.  While the specific course anti-extraction activists will take this year is not yet known, this much is certain: their desire to end the industry's presence in Colorado constitutes an existential threat to the state's economy.
Colorado has already seen a broad coalition of business, environmental, political and industry leaders work to pass some of the strictest energy regulations in country.  But for some, it is never enough. A group of largely out-of-state extremists are back with at least 10 proposed ballot measures aimed at crippling Colorado's energy industry. But these new proposals, which include setback restrictions that would make production virtually impossible, are ideological in nature and rooted in hubris, not reason and science.  Plainly, the ultimate agenda is to drive a vital Colorado industry out of state.
As an organization, Colorado Concern played a pivotal role in 2014 working successfully as part of a coalition of prominent leaders-including the Governor- to keep the extreme anti-extraction measures off the ballot. Two years later, the activists are eyeing another fight. Colorado Concern will again do all that is necessary to defeat such devastating proposals this fall if they show up on the ballot.  We know that leaders in business and politics will join with us and citizens from the whole state in this undertaking.
But what would it look like if they were to succeed?
A recent study by the University of Colorado showed that the state's oil and natural gas industry generates nearly $30 billion annually in economic activity and contributes $1.6 billion in public revenues.  More than 50,000 direct jobs are a direct result of oil and natural gas production in our state.
CU studied the economic effects of passage of just some of the measures proposed in 2014. It predicted a steady hollowing out of Colorado's economy: 93,000 fewer jobs, $12 billion in lost gross domestic product (GDP) and an annual reduction of $985 million in tax revenue for local and state governments in the first 25 years alone.  The report also underscored that the negative effects would spread to other industries that benefit from the energy industry including retail, construction, real estate and many others. 
The future of a thriving economic climate in Colorado demands that the 2016 round of anti-energy proposals cannot be allowed to succeed under any circumstance.

Colorado offers abounding opportunities to find a job, grow a company, raise a family, and enjoy for its cultural and natural beauty. It truly is a great state; but this legacy of greatness is not assured simply because it has always been this way.  Colorado's legacy -and future-- must be protected when bad ideas like these come to the fore.


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.


There are still seats available for the February 26 luncheon hosted by David McReynolds, President of Columbine Health Plan, featuring a panel of health insurance industry experts that will discuss the single payer issue on November's ballot.  The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, 410 17th Street, 22nd floor.  Click here to register. 
Ryan Good

Colorado Springs Gazette: February 11
Features Ryan Good with Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners

Kelly Brough

Denver Business Journal: February 12
Features Kelly Brough with Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Paul Washington
Denver Business Journal: February 12
Features Paul Washington with the Denver Office of Economic Development

Colorado Concern News Clips
The Denver Post: February 10
The Colorado Independent: February 10
TABOR triggers small refunds for Colorado taxpayers
Denver Post: February 16
Development/Real Estate
Bill would keep Colorado from testing conservation easement appraisals
Denver Post: February 9
Denver Business Journal: February 12
Renters on the rise in Denver
Denver Post: February 16
Cities step up as affordable housing evaporates along Front Range
Denver Post: February 16
Economy/Economic Development
Denver Business Journal: February 10
Denver Business Journal: February 12
2016 Momentum, Part II
Village Publishing: February 18
Denver Post: February 9
Denver Business Journal: 12
Denver Post: February 16
DPS board vacancy: Landri Taylor, representing northeast Denver, announces resignation
Chalkbeat: February 18
Denver teachers union teams up with parents seeking to roll back reforms
Denver Post: February 18
The Denver Post: February 7
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: February 9
The Colorado Independent: February 9
Colorado Springs Independent: February 11
The Colorado Independent: February 13
Denver Business Journal: February 9
House Democrats push forward goals for Colorado climate change plan
Denver Post: February 10
Denver Business Journal: February 11
Colorado oil and gas producers hit with credit downgrades
Denver Post: February 11
Adams County enacts six-week ban on new drilling while it draws up regulations
Denver Post: February 11
Denver Business Journal: February 13
Bloomberg: February 16
The Denver Post: February 16
The National Law Review: February 17
Denver Business Journal: February 18
Denver Business Journal: February 18
General Business
Denver Business Journal: February 11
Denver Business Journal: February 16
Health Care
Samuelson: The false charms of single-payer health care
Denver Post: February 8
Cordero: Hospital provider fee should be addressed at Legislature
Colorado Statesman: February 11
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: February 12
Number of Colorado kids without insurance dropped by 35,000
Denver Post: February 12
The Colorado Independent: February 12
Surgery study finds costs vary greatly by region in Colorado
Denver Post: February 16
Colorado Senate president rebuffs legal opinion on hospital fee, road funding
Denver Business Journal: February 17
Colorado legislators divided in hospital provider fee debate
Colorado Springs Gazette: February 18
At the State Capitol: Coloradans' right to fight for safe working conditions and fair wages
Pueblo Chieftain: February 11
The Colorado Statesman: February 11
Journal Advocate: February 10
The Denver Post: February 10
Denver Business Journal: February 10
Colorado road builders to seek sales-tax hike for transportation upgrades Denver Business Journal: February 17
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