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Grading the state Legislature

Now that the dust has settled on the Colorado Legislature’s 2014 session, it’s time for a quick evaluation of how well the state lawmakers treated business this year. We won’t get into politics except to note that Republicans and Democrats seemed to come away satisfied. And the two parties also felt like the opposite side… Continue Reading Grading the state Legislature

Lawmakers face tests

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With the new year comes another session of the Colorado Legislature, which convened Wednesday in Denver amid a mixture of expectations, high and low. High, because the state enters 2014 in good financial condition, with enough reserves for lawmakers to improve funding in various areas where there is need. Low, because it’s an election year,… Continue Reading Lawmakers face tests

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It sure would be nice to put the state’s business personal property tax to sleep for a few years, but now is not the time to do it. There’s just too much depending on the revenue it raises. House Bill 1141, which sought to exempt all business equipment purchased in 2012 and 2013 from the… Continue Reading Business Personal Property Tax should stay, for now

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A proposal to phase out the state’s 133-year-old business personal property tax has died at the hands of its sponsor.The Senate assigned the bill to its Appropriations Committee yesterday, something supporters thought would end the measure. But, the committee gutted the bill leaving it a vague representation of its former self. So, the bill’s sponsor,… Continue Reading Business Personal Property Tax bill dies, study takes its place

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A bill that would dismantle the state’s 133-year-old business personal property tax passed the Senate this morning and was promptly assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee – a move that many supporters believe to be a death knell for the bill. Senate Bill 85, sponsored by Parker Republican Sen. Mark Scheffel would phase out the… Continue Reading Business Personal Property Tax bill sent to Appropriations

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