Colorado Capitol Report

Federal Policy Council to Host Thought Leader, Congressman Mac Thornberry on July 22

Federal Policy Council to Host Thought Leader, Congressman Mac Thornberry on July 22

“Leading through democracy, innovation & national security.”

The Colorado Chamber is pleased to announce an opportunity to hear from 12-term Congressman and House Armed Services Ranking Member, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX).

The Congressman will be presenting a talk on how America can continue to lead around the world – not just at home – through democracy, innovation & drawing from his more than 20 years of experience in Congress and working with the U.S. military.

What you need to know:

Who: ALL Colorado Chamber members (& Friends!) invited
What: An opportunity to hear from a Congressional thought leader
Where: Colorado Chamber Office, 1600 Broadway, Ste. 1000
When: Monday, July 22, 1:30 – 2:30pm

RSVP here to attend

Congressman Thornberry’s experience also includes four years serving as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, time on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, experience in cybersecurity challenges, as well service on the House Budget Committee, Resources Committee, the Select Committee on Homeland Security, and the Joint Economic Committee.  To learn more about the Congressman, click here for his Congressional website.

Meet the Colorado Chamber’s New Communications Director

The Colorado Chamber of Commerce recently hired Cynthia Meyer as its new Director of Communications. Meyer joins the Colorado Chamber from Austin, Texas with a decade of experience in political communications, media relations, campaigns and legislative affairs.

Most recently, Meyer handled state legislative affairs for Texas’ oil and gas regulatory agency, the Texas Railroad Commission. She previously served as the media spokeswoman for the Texas Attorney General’s office, where she worked closely with state political reporters and managed the office’s media strategy for several high-profile Supreme Court cases.

Prior to that, Meyer worked in the press office of then-Governor Rick Perry and was on the communications team of Governor Greg Abbott’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign. She also served as legislative director for a Texas state representative. She began her career working on local, state, and national political campaigns in Texas and Washington, DC doing communications and campaign management.

In her role, Meyer is responsible for the Colorado Chamber’s public relations and messaging, digital communications, media relations, marketing, and the organization’s recent rebranding strategy. This is a new position at the Colorado Chamber.

Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and public policy from The George Washington University. She moved to Denver with her fiancé, and on the weekends they both can be found hiking and camping in the mountains.

Colorado Department of Revenue Stakeholder Work Group for SB19-233

The Colorado Department of Revenue – Division of Taxation will be facilitating a stakeholder working group to discuss tax policies and issues arising from relevant statutory provisions governing combined tax reporting for corporate income taxpayers, as directed by the Colorado General Assembly in SB19-233.

The stakeholder working group will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. at 1313 Sherman Street, Room 220, Denver, CO 80203.

The Department invites stakeholders to provide a short description of any topics they want to raise and comment on regarding the statutes that govern combined reporting for corporate income taxpayers to [email protected] by July 8, 2019. The Department will provide an agenda in advance of the meeting based upon the topics received.

In addition, the Department encourages all stakeholders with policies and issues governing combined reporting to attend the working group or provide written comments once the agenda is published.

Please contact Loren Furman at [email protected] or at 303-866-9642 if you should have any questions regarding this matter.

EPA Announces ACE Rule Set to Replace Clean Power Plan

Final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) plan’s rules announced to replace Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) rules. 

While there are still many details to go through in the final ACE rule, there are several key themes included in the rule that the Colorado Chamber has supported (see our January 2018 comments here).

  • The final ACE rule establishes guidelines emphasizing cooperation with states;
  • Encourages deployment of innovative technologies and practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, and;
  • Was written to be practical, achievable, and consistent with the Clean Air Act.

“The ACE rule will help continue the trend of declining electric power sector emissions while preserving America’s energy leadership and respecting the law.  We commend the Administration not only for its efforts to replace the unlawful Clean Power Plan with a regulatory framework for addressing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, but also for doing so by engaging with all stakeholders in a thorough and collaborative process.”

— Christopher Guith, Acting President, U.S. Chamber’s Global Energy Institute
Click here to see more of the U.S. Chamber’s testimony.

EPA Administrator Wheeler signed and submitted the final ACE rule to the Federal register last week, so states will now have three years to determine how they will comply with new emissions standards.  To read more from the EPA’s press release, click here.