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Colorado Chamber Statement on Veto of Wage Theft Legislation

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The Colorado Chamber of Commerce today released the following statement from President and CEO Loren Furman on the veto of House Bill 1008, which would have strained the construction labor market and threatened jobs:

“HB 1008 was extremely problematic for the business community and would have set a damaging precedent. It would have shifted responsibility and put general contractors on the hook for the illegal actions of other business entities, which actually could have incentivized the very thing it was trying to prevent. Punishing good actors is not a solution to wage theft. We’re grateful that Gov. Polis stood with the business community in vetoing HB 1008 to preserve jobs and protect Colorado’s economic climate.”

The Colorado Chamber sent a veto request on HB 1008 to the governor earlier this month. The Chamber also included HB 1008 on its “Job Killers” list for the 2024 legislative session. With this veto, the Chamber helped defeat all eight bills included on the list.


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.