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New Report Shows Fracking Ban Would Hit Hard In Colorado And New Mexico

A national hydraulic fracturing ban being pushed by Democratic presidential candidates would hit Colorado and New Mexico especially hard, according to a new report released by the Global Energy Institute at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Combined, the two states would lose more than 600,000 jobs and $250 billion in GDP by 2025 from a […]

Final actuarial study raises cost of potential Colorado paid-family-leave program Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal relations for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, also pointed out that the actuarial study estimates a higher rate of utilization than many proponents have predicted. Read the complete article by Ed Sealover in the Denver Business […]

The Colorado Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the state’s labor department expressing reservations about a proposal to gradually raise the salary threshold for workers’ overtime exemption.  Read the complete article in The Daily Sentinel.

Colorado Chamber’s Loren Furman Talks Denver Minimum Wage on KOA Radio

Loren Furman, Senior Vice President of State and Federal Relations, joined Colorado’s Morning News on KOA this morning to talk about the City of Denver’s proposal to fast-track a local minimum wage increase beginning in January 2020. If passed, Denver’s minimum wage would raise to $15.87 per hour by January 2021, a $4.77 increase from […]

OPINION | Business community seeks common ground on family leave

Op-Ed by Loren Furman for Colorado Politics The latest developments arising from Colorado’s newly-formed Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Task Force are cause for concern that the process to create balanced policy on such an important issue could be undermined. The task force was created by the legislature this year after a proposed state-run, […]

COLORADO POLITICS: Colorado Congress reps talk economy, health care, immigration at Denver luncheon

By Caitlin Curley, Colorado Politics A panel of Colorado’s U.S. congressional representatives discussed the state’s recent successes and current issues at a Colorado Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday in Denver. U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Diana DeGette, Doug Lamborn, Joe Neguse and Jason Crow answered questions about trade deals, the economy and Colorado’s growth at the […]

5 contentious wins for Colorado business during the 2019 legislative session

“I think the concepts are easy to identify as a party message. But once you get into the details, it gets harder,” said Loren Furman, senior vice president for state and federal relations for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, who was involved in negotiations over each of the five key bills. “The reason may be […]

Denver Post: Colorado equal pay bill passes General Assembly after years of trying

“There was a provision in (the original bill) that said if an employer acted in good faith, a court still had discretion to award damages. That, to us, was just a totally unreasonable provision,” said Loren Furman, chief lobbyist for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce. So, the bill was amended to say courts should not […]