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As Polis Takes Office, Major Changes to Health-Care Companies Are Looming

“Everybody’s going to have to take their pound of flesh — hospitals, pharmaceuticals, insurance companies,” predicted Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal relations for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce. “They’re looking to cut costs … and I think Jared Polis is going to take a very strong role.”  Read the full article by Ed Sealover […]


First-day Colorado Legislative Bills Deal with Ban-the-Box, Paid Family Leave, Health Care

Business groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business and the Colorado Chamber of Commerce both have said that the bill represents an infringement on employers to hire who they want and that, unlike issues such as state-run retirement savings, there is little middle ground to negotiate a compromise.  Read the complete article by […]


New Colorado Business Committee Chairwoman Vows to Bring Business, Labor Together

“I’m honestly thrilled she is the chair of the business committee,” said Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal relations for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce. “She and I have been working together for many years on challenging bills and have come up with constructive processes … And the bills we work on together […]


Colorado Business Leaders Cheer Defeat of Ballot Issues

“The election results certainly changed the split control between the House and Senate, which often forced the caucuses to work through their differences and ended with sound public policy,” Colorado Chamber’s Loren Furman said. “Regardless of the political outcome, it doesn’t change how we represent the interests of our members and employers across the state. […]


These dead business-focused bills could come back to life if Dems take back Colorado Senate

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve been able to resolve issues at the legislative level before they’ve gotten to the governor’s desk,” said Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal relations for the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry. “When we have two parties in control, we see more willingness to work […]


Colo. Ballot Measure on Oil and Gas Setbacks Gains a List of Opponents

Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal relations for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, said studies she’s seen indicate three-quarters of the jobs lost because of restrictions on oil and gas development would be outside the industry, because of its broader support for the state economy. “That is why you are […]


Endorsements from Prominent Business Group Favor Senate Republicans

“There were more candidates this year that were from the far right and the far left, for sure — certainly to the left,” Furman said. “What we tried to do was find candidates who are moderate on policy issues and pro-business in their voting … We tried to identify those folks who could side with […]


Boulder Climate-Change Lawsuit More Political than Legal, Say The Colorado Chamber panelists

The climate-change lawsuit launched in state court against ExxonMobil and Suncor Energy by the city of Boulder, along with San Miguel and Boulder counties, is the wrong complaint in the wrong forum, panelists said Thursday at a Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (The Colorado Chamber) event.  Read the complete article by Mark Jaffe at ColoradoPolitics.com.



A Strong Legislative Session Makes for a Bright Future for Businesses in Colorado

This year, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and the statewide business community worked diligently to support bills that would offer greater transportation funding, minimize employer mandates, and increase natural gas and oil production, while fighting against bills that threatened opportunity in our state.  Read the complete Guest Column by Tracee Bentley and Loren Furman in […]