Under the Dome

Welcome to the 74th General Assembly

Expanded Democratic Majority will Drive Legislative Agenda in 2023 The 2022 Election brought with it a significantly expanded Democrat majority at the statehouse.  Democrat leadership interpreted the outcome to a be a mandate of the policies they wrought in the last two years, not the resounding rubuke of the continuing presence of former President Donald […]

Under the Dome: The 2022 Legislative Session

An NCLA Debrief on Key Issues Affecting NoCo Business In an ever-evolving political landscape, the 2022 Legislative Session finally ended on May 11.  After three years of policy turmoil for Colorado’s business sector, the session offered a mixed bag of policy outcomes on the key issues affecting businesses in Northern Colorado.  In important areas, namely […]

Under the Dome: Northern Colorado Challenges CDOT Decision On North I-25

North I25 Coalition and Legislators sent letters to Governor Polis and the Transportation Commission to reconsider the Decision to Not Pursue IIJA Mega Grant Funding for North I25 The NCLA’s Fix North I-25 Business Alliance, the North I-25 Coalition and 16 State Legislators representing Larimer, Weld and Adams County sent letters this week to the Colorado […]

Under the Dome: EPA Moves To Place Air Quality Restrictions on Region

NCLA Weighs in on Fentanyl, Crime and Business EPA Shifts Region to “Severe” Non-Attainment StatusThe EPA has begun the formal process of moving the Denver Metro/North Front Range Non-Attainment Area to a “Severe” rating from “Serious”. When approved, the status will trigger a myriad of costly and more stringent air quality measures and requirements across […]

Under the Dome: State Economic Forecasts Shows Future Risks

NCLA Takes Positions on Newly Introduced Bills This week Kate Watkins, Chief State Economist for Legislative Council, provided a presentation to the NCLA Board of Directors following the release of the State’s March Revenue Forecast. Amid soaring inflation, elevated fuel prices, fresh worries about supply-chain disruptions, and the uncertainty around the Ukraine invasion, the March […]

Under the Dome: Workforce Package and More Air Quality Measures

5 Weeks remain in 2022 Legislative Session with More Bills to Come April 1, 2022 Air Quality Improvement InvestmentsSenate President Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder) introduced Senate Bill 193 regarding “Air Quality Improvement Investments”. Another all encompassing measure, with spending over $125M, the bill includes the following primary elements: Creates the $25M “industrial and manufacturing operations clean air […]

Under the Dome: UITF Partial Replenishment Secured

Colorado-Nebraska South Platte Water Dispute gets National Attention March 26, 2022 $600M Replenishment of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund SecuredThe state budget proposal was finalized this week with the release of the March Economic Forecast.  The Joint Budget Committee and legislative leaders will offer $600 Million in funds from the federal ARPA dollars to replenish […]

Under the Dome: Anticipation of the Economic Forecast

With a Continued Push to Replenish the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund March 12, 2022 The Joint Budget Committee Long Bill and Economic Forecast AnticipationAs the state anxiously awaits the JBC Economic Forecast, the Joint Budget Committee will be finalizing the long bill and budget through the end of March, and the Economic Forecast will be […]

Under The Dome: ETRP 2.0 Legislation Defeated

Transportation Funding Grants Explored while P3 Progress is Made March 5, 2022 HB22-1138 Defeated after Business Community Pressures the House Finance CommitteeNCLA took a lead role in the defeat of House Bill 22-1138, the “Clean Commute” bill or Employer Trip Reduction Program (ETRP) 2.0, which was killed on a 1-9 vote, including a no vote […]


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