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March 24, 2016

Help Defeat HB 1355 
There is a bill moving through the State House of Representative that will undo years of cooperation and balance between the state, local governments, and industry. House Bill 1355, which the Chamber opposes, undermines the hard work of the Governor’s Task Force, overturns decades of case law, and hurts surface and mineral property rights. We need to ask our state legislators to stop politicizing this industry and our families. Please take a moment by clicking this link - Issue Alert - Just Say No To HB1355 - filling out the form, you can send a letter to your State Representative asking them to oppose HB 1355. 

March Revenue Forecast Released 
Legislative Council released their state revenue forecast last week and the bottom line is that there is less money than was forecast in December. Expectations for General Fund revenue available to the budget decreased by $26.9 million and $89.9 million for FY2015-16 and FY2016-17, respectively. In FY 2015-16, Legislative Council projects a $111.2 million shortfall of the amount needed to fully fund the budget. This amount is $96.6 million smaller than expected in December. Legislative Council projects that there will be $91M more in the GF than in the December forecast for FY2016-17 and SB 228 transfers go from half to full transfers in FY2016-17. To view the entire forecast, click here

Business Roundtable on Amendment 69 April 6th 
The Chamber will be hosting a Business Roundtable on Tuesday, April 6th, 10:00 AM in the Chamber Lower Level Conference to discuss Amendment 69, a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a single payer health care system in Colorado. Representatives from Coloradans for Coloradans, the group working to defeat the measure will be on hand to discuss how this measure if passed will raise taxes on everyone but will be particularly devastating on small business owners. To learn more about their efforts, click here. Reservations are not required, but are helpful for planning purposes and can be made by clicking here.

Chamber Takes Action on Bills
At the Governmental Affairs Committee meeting this week, action was taken on the following bills;

Workforce Development Bills Supported:

HB16-1301 Business Income Tax Credit Offer Apprenticeships. This bill will provide an income tax credit to businesses that provide pre-apprentice and apprentice positions for individuals in their companies.

HB-1302 Align with Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act is a bill that aligns state law with federal law in implementing programs to assist individuals seeking gainful employment.

Harmful Employer Bill Opposed:

HB-1388 Employer Hiring Criminal History Employee is a bill that would limit an employer’s ability to prescreen on the basis of criminal history and imposes fines on employers of all sizes for second violations. 

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