Busy Colorado Ballot this Fall

Back in March we predicted a big November ballot (The November State Ballot Could Be a Monster) and that has turned out to be true. State initiatives on anti-fracking, energy and transportation and school funding have topped the list for proposed ballot questions. The signature collection process is drawing to a close and now the Secretary of State’s office starts the process to determine which of the measures gathered the nearly 98,500 valid signatures to be certified for the ballot. For cons...

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The November State Ballot Could Be a Monster

The November state ballot could be loaded with big issues.

The list of proposed and pending issues is long. While most will not make it through the petition process to earn a spot on the ballot, there may be one or two transportation-funding measures, an education-funding proposal and a slow-growth measure.

Funding for the state’s transportation system has long been neglected. Most Coloradans assume taking care of the state highway system is a state priority. As I speak to people about t...

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The Chamber and Government-Owned Broadband

Today is Election Day and on the local ballot is City Issue 2B. The measure was placed on the ballot by the City Council. It asks voters for the option of establishing city telecom services and issuing up to $150 million in bonds to build the system.

The Chamber opposes 2B. I’ve written about it here and here.

The ensuing media coverage and commentary have created some misperceptions, which I want to address.

First, the Chamber strongly believes having a well-connected community is im...

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DU Prof Warns Fort Collins Voters About Government Broadband

As you may know, the Chamber opposes City Ballot Issue 2B, which would allow the City of Fort Collins to establish a telecom service to provide broadband.

We’ve written about our position and why we took it here and here.

Over the weekend an opinion piece was published by Ronald Rizzuto, Ph.D., a University of Denver finance professor that details why city-owned broadband is a bad idea. It is titled Fort Collins voters beware of Ballot Question 2B.

It’s short and worth taking the ti...

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City-Owned Telecom is a Bad Idea

There is a measure on the November ballot that would authorize the City to establish city-owned telecom services. The plan is to provide 1 gig broadband service to every home. As much as we admire our friends at the City, and as much as we strongly support a connected community, we do not support this measure.

There are a number of reasons for our non-support, but probably the biggest is the strong belief that city government should stick to its basic job – fire and police protection, stree...

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Chamber backs Troxell, Budd and Summers

Election Day is this Tuesday. By now many of you have already turned in your ballots for the Fort Collins City Council races.

If you haven’t, you’ll need to drop yours off at one of that ballot collection centers before 7 p.m. Tuesday. It’s too late to mail it. The drop-off locations are available on the City Clerk’s election website.

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce does endorse candidates, people who we feel will bring integrity to the role of council member and focus on...

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Transportation Bill Still Alive

Two weeks ago I wrote about a bi-partisan transportation bill just introduced in the Colorado Legislature. You can find that post here. My feelings were decidedly mixed: happy to finally see a bi-partisan bill after years of inaction; disappointed to see something so expensive that didn’t adequately address the top transportation issue, that being the state and federal highways in Colorado.

The bill is HB 1242. You can find our analysis of the bill here. The group mentioned, Fix Colorado Ro...

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Chamber City Council Endorsements

A longstanding practice at the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is to interview and endorse candidates for local public office. And, so it is again this spring relative to the Fort Collins City Council.

Before commenting on our endorsements, let me remind you of why we do this.

City or town government has a big presence in most communities. That’s not surprising in that citizens work through their local governments to provide important and essential services like police and fire pro...

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Understand the Impact of Fees on Housing

Do you think you are paying too little in fees to the City of Fort Collins?

Do you believe housing affordability is a non-issue in Fort Collins?

Most of us will answer ‘no’ and ‘no.’

This is not intended to be an anti-government or anti-tax or anti-fee screed. Most businesspeople are fine with paying reasonable government costs for good and necessary services. The rub, of course, is the definition of ‘reasonable’ is in the eye of the beholder!

The City staff is proposing ...

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Election Night Message: Grow the Economy

Like everybody else, I'm glad to move past the degrading spectacle we just endured in the form of the presidential election.

As I predicted last week, regardless of the outcome of the election, the sun would come up the next day, and it did.

So now what? Everybody is asking that question, and rightfully so. How the President-Elect's campaign trail declarations translate into action is anybody's guess. In the absence of facts, we're only left with hope. For my part, I'm hoping for attention...

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