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Study Assesses State Health Care Option Impact on Business

A study was released today by a Colorado group called the REMI Partnership (Regional Economic Models, Inc.) that projects some of the possible impacts on business of the so-called public option for health care.

The study is titled "Anticipating a State Health Care Option: Will Businesses Face Higher Costs or Will Quality & Access be Cut?”.

It was done in response to HB 19-1004, which was passed during the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly. Without much analysis, the bill ...

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McKinsey Global: Small Powerhouse Cities – Fort Collins-Loveland-Greeley

Last week McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business and economics research arm of McKinsey, published a new report titled  The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow and Northern Colorado shows well.

MGI analyzed more than 3,000 counties and 315 cities in the United States and found they are on sharply different paths. They state “The health of local economies today will affect their ability to adapt and thrive in the face of the changes that lie ahead. The tr...

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Thanks to State Senator Joann Ginal for Help with FAMLI Act

State Senate Bill 19-188, the Family and Medical Leave Insurance program (FAMLI), was defeated for this year. After running into a massive buzz saw of opposition from the business community in Colorado, sponsors did a ‘strike below’ to eliminate the original language of the bill and replaced it with a study on paid family leave.

The FAMLI act would have created a mandatory program to provide a partial wage replacement of up to $1,000 weekly to eligible individuals who take leave from work...

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Crushing Family and Medical Leave Program Pushing through Legislature

As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, a bill is being discussed in a state legislative committee that would add a major new mandate on employers and employees.

Senate Bill 188, known as the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program or FAMLI. SB 188, would create a government-run employee leave program funded with a payroll tax on Colorado employers and employees. While paid leave is a desirable benefit, we do not support mandating an inflexible one-size-fits-all on Colorado employers.

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The State of Business in Northern Colorado

On Friday, the Chamber hosted its first Issues Over Easy event at the Fort Collins Marriott.

We had over 60 business people in attendance to learn about current issues impacting business growth and community.

I gave a presentation on the State of the Business, we introduced Chamber endorsed candidates for City Council and concluded with a briefing on the Chamber’s Livability Agenda for 2019.

Special thanks Fusion Tech Media for the support and sponsorship of this inaugural event....

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Webinar Tomorrow about New State Sales Tax Requirements

As you probably know by now, the State of Colorado is changing its regulations on sales tax collections and submissions effective December 1, 2018.

Previously, we have encouraged members to attend the Department of Revenue (DOR) seminars and webinars on the issue to get up to speed. Tomorrow the DOR is holding such a webinar. You can find more information by clicking here or just doing a search.

As a quick refresher, in June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota vs. Wayfair Inc. tha...

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Small Business of the Year Annual Breakfast May 24, 7:30 AM, Drake Centre

Plan to join us on Thursday, May 24 at the Small Business of the Year Annual Breakfast. It will be at the Drake Centre, 802 W. Drake Rd.

The Chamber started this event in 2012 with the intention of celebrating all the small enterprises in the area and recognizing a small group of worthy companies.

In doing, we celebrate the wonderful things that characterize small businesspeople including courage, innovation, self-initiated and independent.

Ask people why they started their businesses a...

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Dear Santa, Northern Colorado needs your help!

Dear Santa,

Hey, looking forward to seeing you shortly! I always enjoy time with you, even your "be a little nicer to government" lectures.

So here’s my list. Like last year, there’s nothing on it for me. I’m actually "divesting stranded assets," i.e., getting rid of junk from closets and the basement. But there are others in need, so maybe you can help.

Start with Colorado ...

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Retail Alive and Well…Just Different

One might conclude that physical retail in America is on its way to the dinosaur graveyard based on the frequent stories in the popular press. Toys “R” Us has filed for bankruptcy. Many of the big department stores are struggling. Online giant Amazon bought Whole Foods.

Credit reporter Pat Ferrier for a good story in last Sunday’s Fort Collins Coloradoan that put a local face on the changing landscape of retail (“Three local centers adapt to changes in different ways”, September 24)...

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Fleeing to Colorado

The debate about the proper role of government in our lives seems eternal. It comes up all the time and largely (all kinds of caveats here!) defines the competing philosophies of the major political parties.

From the Chamber perspective, we understand the vital role of government and believe it needs to be appropriately resourced. At the local level, where it’s easier to gauge government’s impact, businesses depend on good police and fire protection, good streets and other services.

Li...

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