December 14, 2011

DENVER-Today, Colorado State Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster),Representative Su Ryden (D-Aurora) and Representative Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) unveiled the first bill of the legislative session. The “HIRE Colorado Act” will help create Colorado jobs by giving a preference to companies that employ Colorado workers who seek state contracts. Hudak and Ryden joined Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) and House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) at a press conference today to announce the bill.

Senator Hudak offered the following comment on the HIRE Colorado Act today:

“When I knock on doors and speak with my constituents, they tell me they want us to work together to create jobs and improve the economy.  HIRE Colorado will do just that, leveraging public funds to create jobs right here in our own state.”

Representative Ryden offered the following comment on the HIRE Colorado Act today:

“Let’s do everything we can to keep Colorado taxpayers’ money in Colorado, putting Coloradans back to work. This bill does that, and it will benefit my constituents in Aurora and working families across the state. I’m very happy to be a co-sponsor of this jobs bill. This bill puts Coloradans first.”

Representative Duran offered the following comment on the HIRE Colorado Act today:

“Too much of our tax money winds up in the bank accounts of out-of-state corporations. This bill keeps more of that money recirculating here in Colorado, creating jobs in Colorado. I’m proud to co-sponsor this bill and I will be asking every member of the House to support it.”

The “HIRE Colorado Act” will direct state agencies that issue an invitation for bids or a request for proposals, on or after July 1, 2012, for state service contracts or construction contracts exceeding $1 million in the aggregate, to give preferences to a bidder (contractor) that responds to the invitation for bids or request for proposals based on the following criteria:

Service Contracts
1. In the case of a services contract, an agency shall allow the following preferences:
a) A three percent preference for each contractor that certifies that at least 90 percent of the employees who will perform the requirements of the contract are Colorado residents (or have domicile in Colorado); and
b) An additional two percent preference if the contactor certifies that it offers health care and retirement benefits to all of the employees who will perform the requirements of the contract.

Construction Contracts
1. In the case of a construction contract for a public project, an agency shall allow the following preferences:
a) A three percent preference for each contractor that certifies that at least 90 percent of the employees who will perform the requirements of the contract are Colorado residents (or have domicile in Colorado); and
b) An additional one percent preference if the contactor certifies that it offers health care and retirement benefits to all of the employees who will perform the requirements of the contract; and
c) An additional one percent preference if the contactor certifies that employees who will perform the requirements of the contract have access to an apprentice training program that is approved by the United States Department of Labor.

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