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3.17.2014 At Midway Point, Business Awaiting “Other Shoe to Drop”

Compared to the 2013 Legislative session, so far the 2014 legislative session has been quite tame for business.  But, rumors abound about legislation still anticipated but not yet introduced.     Coupled with bills tackling major reform in telecommunications, April could prove to be a restless month for business.

In this week’s NCLA Under the Dome, get up to speed on what the next 60 days hold for the business community.

Keep track of introduced legislation and the NCLA’s position on bills by linking to NCLA’s 2014 Legislative Tracking Report.   The NCLA Board of Directors engages in legislation that intersects with the NCLA’s 2014 Priority Legislative Agenda.

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3.10.2014 Business Community Supports all Funding Options for I-25 Highway Expansion

A third lane from Highway 66 north of Longmont to Highway 14 in Fort Collins is one of the highest transportation funding priorities for the northern Colorado business community.  Under traditional funding scenarios, the $1.2 Billion project is projected to be completed in 75 years.    Given this timeline, the NCLA supports, and will lead in collaboration with our elected officials, the pursuit of any and all funding options to expedite funding of this critical corridor.

In this week’s NCLA Under the Dome, learn the education proposal, who’s in and who’s out of the CD4 race and what the future holds for angel investors.   Keep track of introduced legislation and the NCLA’s position on bills by linking to NCLA’s 2014 Legislative Tracking Report.   The NCLA Board of Directors engages in legislation that intersects with the NCLA’s 2014 Priority Legislative Agenda.

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3.3.2014 DelGrosso Spearheads Bi-Partisan Education Proposal while the 4th CD is shaken up by Gardner Announcement

The resounding defeat this past November of Amendment 66, the $1 Billion education reform and funding ballot initiative, left proponents and opponents with a conundrum.  Both agreed that policy changes and reforms were necessary but raising taxes to fund the program was not an option for voters or for Republicans.  Newly-elected Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) committed early on in his leadership that education reform was a priority and doing it within current revenues could be accomplished.   This week, the Student Success Act was introduced.

Also this week, the 4th Congressional District was shaken up with the announcement that Congressman Cory Gardner would seek the US Senate as other scramble to position for the post.  Meanwhile, NCLA supported a bill to incent angel investment in Colorado’s start up entreprenuers.

In this week’s NCLA Under the Dome, learn the education proposal, who’s in and who’s out of the CD4 race and what the future holds for angel investors.   Keep track of introduced legislation and the NCLA’s position on bills by linking to NCLA’s 2014 Legislative Tracking Report.   The NCLA Board of Directors engages in legislation that intersects with the NCLA’s 2014 Priority Legislative Agenda.

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2.17.2014 Transportation Funding Debate Takes Center Stage

This week, the funding transportation for for significant highway improvement and repair projects took center state.  A plan for the Boulder Turnpike came under fire by the legislature prompting questions over the funding options being considered for the state’s other large highway expansions, including the expansion of I-25 between Longmont and US Highway 14 in Fort Collins.   Meanwhile, Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, proposes to tackle the funding shortfalls with a cash allocation.

In this week’s NCLA Under the Dome, learn more the Public Private Partnerships that have the legislature abuzz and the proposal by DelGrosso to address transportation in a more traditional way.   Keep track of introduced legislation and the NCLA’s position on bills by linking to NCLA’s 2014 Legislative Tracking Report.   The NCLA Board of Directors engages in legislation that intersects with the NCLA’s 2014 Priority Legislative Agenda.

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2.10.2014 NCLA Maintains its Opposition to Wage Theft Proposal

Labor groups have lined up to push legislation again this year to respond to what they say is a vast problem for Colorado’s employees, wage theft or a failure by employers to pay wages.    As introduced, the legislation, Senate Bill 14-005 by Senator Jessie Ulibarri (D-Commerce City) and Representative Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont) created untenable thresholds and requirements upon employers to address a problem the Department of Labor proves is minimal.

In this week’s NCLA Under the Dome, learn more about NCLA’s decision to maintain its opposition to the proposal despite efforts to assuage some in the business community.  Keep track of introduced legislation and the NCLA’s position on bills by linking to

NCLA’s 2014 Legislative Tracking Report.   The NCLA Board of Directors engages in legislation that intersects with the

NCLA’s 2014 Priority Legislative Agenda.

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