David’s Blog

What Now for Transportation Funding?

Last Tuesday voters in Colorado said ‘no’ to both ballot measures to fund transportation. Both Proposition 109 (Fix Our Damn Roads, a $3.5B bonding program, no tax increase) and Proposition 110 (Let’s Go, Colorado, a 0.62% state sales tax increase with a bonding component) failed with 40% in favor, 60% opposed.

What does it all mean and what’s next?

Starting on a positive note, two different groups of Coloradoans petitioned transportation funding measures onto the state ballot. Jon...

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Boulder and Fort Collins #1 and #2 in Brain Concentration

An interesting report was just published by Bloomberg showing U.S. metro areas suffering a “brain drain” with the outflow of people with advanced degrees and white-collar job losses and pay reductions in science, technology, engineering and math.

And a companion index called “Brain Concentration Index” shows just the opposite. Colorado is well represented on this list as the state with three cities – 1. Boulder 2. Fort Collins, and 10. Denver.

The top 15 cities on the brainpower ...

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Still No on Amendment 73

Elections are a week from today. For the Chamber’s view on key election issues and candidates, go here for a two-page summary overview and here for the Election Page on our website.

In an earlier blog I wrote about Amendment 73, the huge tax increase for public education. As noted, we oppose it because it’s built into the Constitution, it is a very large tax increase, and it falls unfairly on the backs of small business people.

In addition to all of that, there’s the matter of whethe...

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Fort Collins Ranks as a Best City to Raise a Family in the U.S.

As a diversion from all the ‘world-is-about-to-end’ election news, here’s a good news story for you.

Our city was just named the fourth Best City to Raise a Family in the country by Livability. Fort Collins was described best for its sunshine, outdoor recreation opportunities, parks and family/pet friendly restaurants, breweries and activity centers.

It wasn’t just the candy stores (yes that was a ranking criteria) that put Fort Collins in the mix. Livability's data scientists and ...

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Where Polis and Stapleton Stand on Key Issues

While the Chamber does not endorse candidates for governor, we do get questions about where they stand on business-related issues. To help answer those questions, below is a summary assembled by the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance, a chamber affiliate. The info was pulled from a series of great articles by the Denver Business Journal.

In response to some inquiries by members and investors of the 5 partner entities of the Northern Colorado Legislative Allian...

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