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Colorado Chamber Statement on Proposed Family and Medical Leave Ballot Initiatives

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DENVER – The Colorado Chamber of Commerce released the following statement from Loren Furman, Senior Vice President of State and Federal Relations, on the ballot initiatives filed yesterday on a family and medical leave program:

“Five legislative sessions and an interim task force have demonstrated that this issue is complex and any new policy on family and medical leave should strike a balance between businesses and employees. These ballot initiatives, however, reflect the same stale approach that has failed with the legislature time and time again. A payroll tax on every worker and business in the state will hurt the very people this policy is intended to help – especially small businesses and Coloradans living paycheck-to-paycheck. We will continue to push for a more measured, balanced approach to providing paid leave to those that need it while minimizing the negative consequences.”



The Colorado Chamber of Commerce champions free enterprise, a healthy business environment and economic prosperity for all Coloradans. It is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What the Colorado Chamber accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. It was created in 1965 based on the merger with the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association.