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ColoradoPolitics: Colorado House committee passes anti-TABOR bill for schools, roads

A Democratic majority on the Colorado House Finance Committee on Monday afternoon gave the first blessing to a pair of bills that would let voters decide the future of the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. House Bill 1257 would refer a question to the ballot in November that asks voters if they would prefer if part […] Business community opposes Colorado paid family leave legislation

By Andrew Burger, The Colorado business community is lining up in opposition to proposed legislation that would require all job creators in the state to provide a minimum three months of paid time off. Any Colorado worker meeting specific criteria would be eligible for 12 weeks of paid family leave, according to Senate Bill […]

Battle with business heats up over Colorado Democrats’ family-leave proposal

Loren Furman, Senior Vice President of State & Federal Relations, and Brooke Colaizzi, Colorado Chamber member, discuss the family leave proposal with the Colorado Sun By Jennifer Brown for the Colorado Sun Democrats who want paid maternity and medical leave for all Colorado workers have met behind the scenes for months with the state’s top […]

‘FAMLI’ legislation: Beware consequences of one-size-fits-all mandate

Op-Ed by Loren Furman for The issue of paid family leave is once again making its way through the Colorado legislature. Senate Bill 188, the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, known as FAMLI, was introduced March 7. Employers in Colorado have long supported workers who may want to take leave from work for […]

Denver Biz Journal: Here’s what is in the paid-family-leave bill coming this week at the Colorado Legislature

By Ed Sealover  – Reporter, Denver Business Journal Legislative Democrats will introduce a retooled paid-family-leave bill later this week that requires businesses to pay half the cost of a proposed mandatory statewide program and to reinstate anyone taking as many as 16 weeks of leave to the same position when they return to work. Business leaders have engaged […]

House Speaker Becker’s TABOR Surplus Proposal

Discussions around the idea, which Becker first revealed at the Colorado Chamber of Commerce’s Colorado Business Day luncheon in mid-January, are escalating in the absence of other ideas gaining traction on how to raise a substantial amount of money to address the $8.5 billion transportation infrastructure backlog that is estimated by the Colorado Department of Transportation.  Read […]

GOP Paid Family Leave Bill Dies

“Just offering some kind of tax incentive does give some relief to employers,” said Loren Furman, Colorado Chamber senior vice president of state and federal relations. “At the end of the day, they want to work with their workers, they want to keep them on the job.”  Read the full article by Ed Sealover in the […]

The Colorado Sales-Tax Tarpit

Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal relations for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, said she’s heard suggestions from some members of her organization that the state should delay enforcement of tax-collection rules on local businesses until the system outlined in SB 6 is in place. But that could be seen as discriminatory […]

Colorado House Speaker Unveils Plan to Keep Excess Tax Revenues for Transportation, Education

Colorado legislative Democrats are hoping to offer voters a chance as soon as November to de-Bruce the Colorado state budget, at least temporarily, and to put the money the state retains to areas of need such as transportation, K-12 schools and higher education. House Speaker K.C. Becker, D-Boulder, confirmed the effort Thursday at the Colorado Chamber […]