Protect the Future of Colorado's Economy

Keep Colorado's Economy Growing

We need to keep Colorado’s economy growing, not create barriers to investment of  additional dollars that would otherwise be invested in our state. HB16-1275 identifies new criteria for tax havens, and specifically targets Colorado companies operating legitimate business enterprises using standard international sales and capital investment laws. In other words, this bill would penalize legitimate business activities by changing 30 years worth of long-standing tax policy out of fear that corporations are hiding billions of revenue dollars in tax havens overseas.

Here are some of the comments regarding the issue I offered in the debate on the House Floor this week:

This legislation would have an adverse effect on the tax filing status of thousands of legal entities that have no relation to tax havens, and could dissuade out-of-state corporations from moving business to Colorado--corporations that have the potential to provide extensive job creation. Even the Governor’s Colorado Office of Economic Development supports the continuation of Colorado’s existing tax structure. This bill creates an economic environment in Colorado that will not be to our advantage.

Ensuring Civics Literacy for Colorado Students

Every Colorado student should have an honest understanding of American Civics--how our country works--and be able to demonstrate that understanding.  Recently a new bill requiring high school students to pass a civics exam prior to graduation, SB16-148 was introduced in the State Senate. Senator Owen Hill and I, both members of General Assembly Education committees, are among the co-prime and bipartisan sponsors of the bill. An article by Chalkbeat Colorado highlights some of the bill’s nuances and different perspectives regarding this innovative bipartisan proposal to promote the continued development of Colorado’s next generation of leaders. Read the full story here.

Photo Credit:  Chalkbeat Colorado

Photo Credit: Chalkbeat Colorado

SB 16-148 was introduced to the Senate on March 4th and assigned to the Senate Education Committee, and is expected to come before the Senate Education in the next few weeks.  

Human Trafficking Wrap Up

House bill 1224 passed the House Public Health Care and Human Services committee last Tuesday, March 8th with unanimous support from voting members. It is scheduled for a 2nd reading before the Committee of the Whole on Monday, March 14th.

Photo Credit: Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.

Photo Credit: Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.

Should the bill pass the House and move on for a final reading, child victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation in Colorado will be one step closer in the fight to provide them access to vital social services.

Reminder: Town Hall This Saturday!

Join us this Saturday, 10:30am at The Classical Academy east campus just east of New Life Church. Rep. Dan Nordberg and Rep Janik Joshi, as well as other elected officials, will be in attendance. We are always eager to hear your voice. 

Posted on March 14, 2016 .