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Once Again, Colorado Pay-Equity Measures Fail to Advance

“Employers are starting to move in this direction,” testified Loren Furman, senior VP of State & Federal Relations for The Colorado Chamber, to the House Finance Committee. “Even if this piece of legislation does not make it through the process, this will become the norm. But I think this is a pretty punitive approach.”  Read […]


Democrats Propose Scrapping Bonding for Transportation Improvements

Twenty-Four business groups — ranging from the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry to the Colorado Bankers Association — emphasized that SB 1 had passed unanimously out of the Senate with a 2019 bonding initiative as a key part of the bill.  Read the complete article by Ed Sealover in the Denver Business Journal.


Colorado Legislative Committee Kills 4th Attempt to Pass Family-Leave Bill

The Colorado Chamber’s Loren Furman stated. “Each employee’s needs are different. The best solution is to continue to allow employers and employees work out leave agreements that work best for both parties.”  Read the complete article by Ed Sealover in the Denver Business Journal.



Colorado legislators consider raising unemployment-insurance taxes on businesses

Loren Furman, the senior vice president of state and federal relations for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, said they believe legislators need to get more information about why the Solvency Committee did not recommend instituting tax increases before they charge ahead with a bill.  Read the complete article by Ed Sealover in the […]


Denver Chamber breaks from other business groups with transportation funding request

“I would encourage that we speak with one voice on this because this is an ever-growing problem,” said Loren Furman, senior vice president of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, which is supporting the $300 million annual allocation sought in SB 1 but has asked legislators simply to put as much funding in next year’s […]


‘First step’ highway funding bill advances in Colorado Senate without Democrats’ support

Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal relations for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, noted that Colorado’s population has been growing rapidly — by 11.5 percent since 2010, to the current 5.6 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — without having made significant investments in infrastructure.  Read Ed Sealover’s complete […]


Can Colorado legislators bridge the gap on business issues?

“I think it’s going to be tough to get any challenging, substantial bills through both chambers,” said Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal affairs for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. “It doesn’t feel like a typical election year. I think you have more than the election-year angst that surrounds a typical […]


Consumer-data privacy bills at Colorado Legislature could drive up business costs, hamper worker background checks

The Colorado Chamber’s Loren Furman said in her testimony that business leaders are worried about a section of the bill that would require duplicative reporting of information for companies like banks and hospitals that already have extensive reporting requirements to the federal government. “Look, it’s a priority for all of us that we protect the […]


Tax Changes Are Coming THIS WEEK: Are You In The Know?

Tax changes are almost across the finish line in Congress! This is what you need to know: The U.S. House & Senate recently passed versions of tax reform meant to make our personal and business taxes less complex and better for our economy.  Late last week, Senators and Representatives appointed to a conference committee reached […]