Good Business Colorado members have elected to focus on the following priorities in 2019

 

STRONG ECONOMY

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FAMLI: Family And Medical Leave Insurance Program/Wage Replacement

At some point, everyone has a sick child, an aging parent, a new baby, or a personal injury or illness. Without paid time off to care for themselves or a loved one, workers worry about how they’re going to make ends meet with no paycheck. That makes for workers who are stressed and not productive. Employers need workers to be focused and productive to help build the business.

Statewide paid family leave is a win-win – paid family and medical leave allows employees to take the time they need to live up to their family responsibilities caring for a sick kid, elderly parent or themselves and know they’ll still be able to pay their bills, while employers get the focused, productive workers they need to build their business.

SECURE SAVINGS

Nearly 70% of people employed by small businesses in Colorado don’t have a retirement savings plan at work, mostly because small businesses can’t afford to provide retirement packages on their own. Taxpayers are going to have to brace for a huge increase in public assistance for older adults if we don’t get serious. Business owners understand that secure retirement is important – not only do retirement plans help attract talented workers but also Coloradans should be able to live independently in to their retirement years.

The Colorado Secure Savings Plan will allow workers to save for their own retirement without public assistance by creating a public-private partnership for a low-fee IRA enabling small businesses to better compete with large corporations for employees.

Local Wage Option

A 1999 law ties local officials’ hands when it comes to setting local minimum wage levels even though the cost of living has skyrocketed in parts of the state. Families struggle to pay for basics like housing and food, let alone having disposable income to spend at local businesses, especially in places like Aspen and Denver. City and county officials know their communities best, including what the appropriate minimum wage should be so that residents can support themselves and have enough spending power at local business to stimulate the local economy.

Local Wage Option would restore local control so officials can set the most appropriate minimum wage for their community – businesses in these cities and counties will be able to grow and thrive because residents have more money to spend locally.

Sales And Use Tax Simplification System

Small businesses are happy to pay their fair share in taxes to support the state and our infrastructure – but need to be able to do so easily and affordably. Right now, it’s virtually impossible for small businesses to comply with the new Department of Revenue rule requiring local tax collection based on the delivery address versus the point of sale – with hundreds of individual tax districts in the state, all with different rates, there’s no software to track it all.

This bill would allow business and local governments alike to give input to the Department of Revenue on what’s needed in electronic sales and use tax software before the Department would contract to develop and implement the system so businesses could comply.

Affordable Health Coverage Option Proposal

Many small businesses are struggling with the cost of employee healthcare insurance – many can no longer afford to offer healthcare coverage, even though they want to. Providing health insurance is good for business – it helps attract and retain the best employees and it keeps employees healthy and productive.

This bill would bring small business owners to the stakeholder tables to influence what a public health insurance option might look like – and we hope bring down the high cost of health insurance so small businesses can afford to provide it to their employees.



THRIVING COMMUNITIES

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Employment Support Job Retention Services Program

Companies need eager, productive employees to build their businesses and grow our economy. Right now, businesses are struggling to find the employees they need to keep their operations running.

This pilot program will help businesses and lessen the labor shortage by providing people who want to work with emergency help for things that stand in the way of employment, like fixing a flat tire to get to the workplace or buying the uniform the company requires.

Student Education Loan Servicers

Getting an education should help spur entrepreneurship and building local business. Predatory lending practices stifle entrepreneurship because young professionals graduating with unmanageable student loan debt can’t start businesses or grow their companies through traditional financing sources.

Reining in student loan servicers helps ensure the financial burden isn’t further exacerbated by exploitive and/or illegal loan collection practices.

Infant And Family Child Care Action Plan

Many parents of young children are staying out of the workforce because there is a serious lack of affordable childcare, especially with a big drop in availability of family childcare homes. Businesses are struggling with a labor shortage and Colorado parents must have quality, affordable childcare to be able to join the workforce.

This stakeholder driven strategic action plan will help address the declining availability of family child care homes and infant child care, and spur entrepreneurship in the industry.   

Child Care Expenses Tax Credit Low-income Families

Businesses are struggling with a labor shortage that means they can’t find all the workers they need – many parents of young children are staying out of the workforce because quality childcare is too expensive. Colorado parents must have quality, affordable childcare to be able to join the workforce.

This tax credit is part of a package of bills that will help parents/guardians re-enter the workforce so businesses can find the workers they need to thrive.  

Income Tax Credit For Early Childhood Educators

Workers stay out of the labor pool when they don’t have quality, affordable childcare. Due to low wages and little room for advancement, early childhood educators frequently cycle out of the profession, making our shortage of quality childcare worse. Colorado parents must have quality, affordable childcare to be able to join the workforce.

This tax credit is part of a package of bills that will help parents/guardians re-enter the workforce so businesses can find the workers they need to thrive. Other states with similar laws they have seen childcare quality increase, preparing children to be Kindergarten-ready.

Child Tax credit

Businesses are struggling with a labor shortage that means they can’t find all the workers they need – many parents of young children are staying out of the workforce because quality childcare is too expensive. Colorado parents must have quality, affordable childcare to be able to join the workforce.

This tax credit is part of a package of bills that will help parents/guardians afford childcare so they can re-enter the workforce – and businesses can find the workers they need to thrive.

Clean Slate

Businesses need a steady supply of employees to build their businesses. A severe labor shortage has made it hard for businesses to find the employees they need – business owners recognize that individuals who have paid their debt to society deserve a chance with a job and a place in the community.

This bill seals the record for certain nonviolent crimes for everyone, instead of only those who can navigate the legal process – better positioning these individuals to join the workforce.

Limits on Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries

 A severe labor shortage has made it hard for businesses to find the employees they need – business owners recognize that individuals who have paid their debt to society deserve a chance with a job and a place in the community. Businesses need a steady supply of employees to build their businesses.

This bill will provide job seekers a foot in the door to interviews, increasing their chances of finding a job and a place in the community – at no expense to businesses, which can still perform a background check later in the process.



SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

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Protect Water Quality Adverse Mining Impacts

Colorado allows mining companies to operate with no real financing or insurance to guarantee clean-up when they pollute our rivers and streams. Good businesses take responsibility for any harm they cause, even when it’s expensive.

This bill will protect our clean water and outdoor economy by holding corporations responsible for their operations.



Want to know where the candidates stand on the issues that matter?  We sent our Good Business Colorado questionnaire out to Statewide, Senate and House candidates.  Check out the candidate responses here.

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