Kraft-Tharp’s Bill to Modernize Business Tax Code Signed by Gov

June 6, 2018

(June 4) – In an important step toward modernizing Colorado’s business tax code, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s bill into law. “It helps businesses to have predictability and uniformity when they are looking to get off the ground or relocate,” said Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, a prime sponsor of HB18-1185. “By modernizing our

House Renews Advanced Industries Export Program

April 20, 2018

(April 19) – Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp won preliminary House approval tonight for her bill to continue a successful business development program to help Colorado companies enter the export market. HB18-1135, sponsored by Reps. Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, and Jim Wilson, R-Salida, continues the advanced industries export program, which provides support by the state Office of Economic Development

When Minimum Wage Is Not Enough

April 18, 2018

(April 18) – The House Local Government Committee advanced a bill today to allow counties and cities to increase the minimum wage in their localities beyond the state minimum wage, currently $10.20 an hour. HB18-1368, sponsored by Reps. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, and Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, would allow local governments to adjust their minimum wage

House Protects Net Neutrality

April 17, 2018

(April 17) – The House passed legislation today to ensure that an open and free internet is protected in Colorado. HB18-1312, sponsored by Reps. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, and Leslie Herod, D-Denver, to protect net neutrality and safeguard taxpayer money, passed on a 35-28 vote. Last year, the Trump administration rolled back Obama-era rules ensuring a

Welcome, Outdoor Retailers

January 23, 2018

(Jan. 23) – The House of Representatives welcomed the Outdoor Retailer show to Denver today and noted the policy decisions that attracted the show to Denver. The organizers of the Outdoor Retailer show moved the twice-a-year event from Salt Lake City to Denver in recognition of Colorado’s strong support for the outdoor recreation industry, its

House OKs Kraft-Tharp’s Red Tape Relief for Business

January 23, 2018

(Jan. 23) – Colorado took an important step today toward removing red tape for business when the House gave voice-vote approval to Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s bipartisan bill to take the headache out of the calculation of sales taxes in Colorado. In Colorado, the same product is subject to approximately 700 different local sales tax rates,

Sales Tax Simplification Bill Advances

November 1, 2017

(Nov. 1) – The State of Colorado took a giant step today toward streamlining a system of calculating and collecting sales taxes that is so convoluted that it has been identified as inhibiting economic growth. A draft bill approved this afternoon with unanimous bipartisan support in the Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force would

House Dem Leaders Denounce U.S. Senate Arbitration Vote

October 25, 2017

(Oct. 25) – Speaker Crisanta Duran and Majority Leader KC Becker said today that they were appalled by the U.S. Senate’s vote to overturn a federal rule protecting consumers’ right to band together against abuses by financial institutions.   “Republicans in the U.S. Senate are standing with big banks over everyday Americans,” Speaker Duran said.

House Passes Broadband Funding Reform

May 9, 2017

 (May 9) – The House closed in today on final agreement on a significant telecomms reform intended to spur the expansion of broadband internet service in rural Colorado. Lack of broadband service hurts rural schools, hospitals and residents and makes rural communities less competitive in their economic development efforts. SB17-306, sponsored in the House by

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