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Chamber takes a stand on November ballot issues – Government Affairs, Education, and Energy / Sept. 1, 2016

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Government Affairs, Education, and Energy met on Thursday, September 1, to discuss issues on the November 2016 ballot. The meeting started with updates from House Representative Su Ryden, State Senator Nancy Todd, House Representative Rhonda Fields, candidate for House District 36 Mike Weissman, Candidate for House District 37 Carol Barrett, Candidate for Arapahoe County Commissioners District 3 Janet Lee Cook, and Superintendent of Aurora Public School Rico Munn.

Michael Steppat with Axiom Strategies gave an update on ballot issues:  Initiative 96 “Raise the Bar,” is now Amendment 71; Initiative 101 “state constitution to increase minimum wage,” is now Amendment 70; and Initiatives 75 and 78, relating to changes in the oil and gas industry, will not be on the ballot. The Chamber is supporting Amendment 71, and is opposing Amendment 70. The Chamber is also opposing Amendment 69 – single payer healthcare for Colorado.

At the Sept. 1 meeting, the committee took a motion to oppose Initiative 143, now Amendment 72, which is $1.75 increase on tobacco tax.

The Chamber’s Government Affairs, Education, and Energy committee is sponsored by Pinnacol Assurance.


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