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3.30.2014 Fracking Bans To Cost Jobs and the Health Care Exchange won’t be audited

93,000 jobs, $12 Billion in gross domestic product, and $985 Million in state and local revenues would be lost if proposed bans on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado become law, according to a new economic study by the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.  Meanwhile, despite receiving a near-unanimous vote in the State House of Representatives and ongoing questions of its expenditures, a Senate committee killed a measure to ensure a comprehensive audit of Colorado’s Health Care Exchange, Connect for Health Colorado.

In this week’s NCLA Under the Dome, understand the economic analysis of statewide fracking bans and how a bill to audit Connect for Health Colorado could be defeated despite strong support in the House.

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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3.24.2014 State Revenue Forecast Bright, But Too Bright?

This past week, state economists issued their highly anticipated quarterly economic forecast.  The news was good.  $12.21 B anticipated for 2014 – 15 fiscal year.  $133M more than that projected in December’s forecast.   But the good news may have TABOR consequences if they the projections become a reality.

In this week’s NCLA Under the Dome, learn why the state budget forecast might be too bright.  And, hear about NCLA’s support of state highway funding.

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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3.17.2014 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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