Original publish date: January 11, 2012
Colorado legislators convened today for the second regular session of the 68th General Assembly, and we members of the business community will be keeping a close eye on their work over the next 120 days.
The decisions made at the State Capitol this session have the potential to either support and enhance a healthy economic climate, or hinder it, and the Chamber has a vested interest in ensuring the former.
The Chamber hosted a business policy briefing on Monday in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the Capitol, where 100 business and civic leaders gathered to discuss policy priorities for the coming year. We presented issues of importance to the business community and released the Policy 2012 document that outlines the Chamber’s current areas of focus. Several legislators attended, including Senate President Pro Tempore Betty Boyd and Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, who each presented key issues for the upcoming session and fielded questions from the group.
We were joined at the briefing by Governor John Hickenlooper, who noted Colorado’s reputation as being a center of collaboration and encouraged legislators to “push people toward compromise” as they work together to solve some of the state’s policy challenges.
Bob Moody, vice president of public affairs and communications for the Chamber, noted during the briefing that “the Chamber will support efforts that ultimately lead to job creation, critical capital infrastructure investment, promote efforts that support our ability to compete globally and those that protect or enhance the business climate. We will oppose measures that slow, derail or otherwise impede our economic recovery.”
That is our charge, and it is one we take seriously.
Job creation and economic stability continue to be our top goals as an organization. We will continue to focus on the three pillars of economic development – transportation, health care and education – with special attention this year on education issues. Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, and our future and our economy depend on students leaving school and entering the workforce with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed.
During the session, our Legislative Policy Committee, chaired by Lori Fox of United Airlines, will review the bills introduced and will take a position on bills that impact the business community. In addition, our public affairs team will once again be tracking legislator votes on those bills and we will release the fourth annual Legislative Scorecard after the session adjourns.
Throughout the session, we will update you in this publication about our positions and any policy news that affects business in Colorado. Please also visit the Policy tab on our website for background information and updates.
We look forward to working together with our elected leaders to move Colorado toward a stronger economic future.