Bulletin Mar. 20, 2019: Stop the income tax increase!
Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee are considering a massive new tax increase, SB 188. SB 188 is a 0.32% income tax increase on almost every worker in the State of Colorado and a crushing new mandate for small businesses.
We still have time to make it known that this unconstitutional tax increase violates TABOR and puts thousands of Colorado small businesses at risk.
Call Democrat Senators on the Senate Finance Committee NOW and tell them to vote NO on Senate Bill 188:
Senator Lois Court: 303-866-4861
Senator Pete Lee: 303-866-6364
Senator Julie Gonzales: 303-866-4862
Senator Nancy Todd: 303-866-3432
Senate Bill 188 violates TABOR by calling a 0.32% income tax increase a “fee.” This will devastate Colorado’s small businesses and create a giant new billion dollar bureaucracy.
Just yesterday, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce released a list of 65+ business organizations that are against Senate Bill 188, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, and the Colorado Farm Bureau.
Please a take moment to contact your state legislators and the Democrats listed above. Tell them to vote NO on SB 188.
Chairman, Colorado Republican Committee
Statement on Democrats keeping Senate open amid historic Bomb Cyclone
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – Earlier today, Senate President Leroy Garcia blamed Republicans for the state Senate remaining open amid today’s Bomb Cyclone.
Colorado GOP Chairman Jeff Hays issued the following statement in response to Sen. Garcia:
“Passing SB 181 in the midst of today’s Bomb Cyclone shows just how much Senate Democrats really care about putting ‘public health and safety first,'” said Colorado GOP Chairman Jeff Hays.
“However, Sen. Garcia blaming Republicans for his own negligence goes beyond the pale. There is no reason Senate business could not have waited until it was safe for state employees, press, and concerned constituents to travel,” Hays continued.
“Advancing a partisan agenda at the expense of state employees’ and countless Coloradans’ safety is reckless and shameful.”
Just spoke with @Leroy_Garcia about the Senate being open today. He said without delays this week, he would have had more latitude for snow day (i.e. blame the @ColoSenGOP). He also noted limited accumulation right now. 😬 Don’t upset the #bombcyclone #cowx #copolitics
— Marshall Zelinger (@Marshall9News) March 13, 2019
The National Weather Service, Colorado State Patrol, and other emergency agencies are actively warning large swaths of Colorado to stay indoors:
A historic March blizzard is taking shape across Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Between 1 and 2 feet of snow is expected in some locations with wind gusts as high as 80 MPH. DO NOT TRAVEL if you live in these areas! https://t.co/VyWINDk3xP pic.twitter.com/TG0rEQCise
Senate Democrats have received extensive criticism for conducting business during the Bomb Cyclone:
This is a seriously bad look for @COSenDem President @Leroy_Garcia. He straight up told @Marshall9News that politics (Republicans stalling legislation) played into his decision not to close the Senate during this blizzard. #coleg #copolitics #9NEWS https://t.co/WoS1wyYoki
I would retweet this on the hour every hour. Unbelievable that @Leroy_Garcia is risking public safety, his employees’ safety and that of everyone who has to be at #coleg because he wants to get bills passed. #ColegDangerous https://t.co/59HDlY7kCN
How about if the next place to go without power is the #coleg state Capitol. Probably the only way to convince the powers that be that being out in this is DANGEROUS since they don’t seem to be taking this seriously. @Leroy_Garcia https://t.co/dYVPrqCgTq
Glad to see they’re willing to risk people’s lives for this. https://t.co/7aAO1BmfKl
What about the safety of the public who want to testify, the non-partisan staff, the staff, CSP, the custodial crew, everyone that now has to work today and drive home in treacherous conditions to prove a political point? #copolitics
You don’t follow my straw man? Look out the window JoyAnn. No one should HAVE to drive in this weather through no fault of their own. Chris, the custodian, wouldn’t have to be there if the building was closed. Elevators wouldn’t be failing if the Capitol were closed. #copolitics
This is what the paid family leave bill does. BIG DEAL. To testify at the 1st hearing in person for or against this bill you will have to 1) risk ur life to drive here in a blizzard 2) risk power outages @ Capitol 3) take stairs because elevators have been unreliable #coleg #kdvr pic.twitter.com/f6wH7e6rO4
A look at the Colorado State Senate Committee about to get underway even though a blizzard is happening…..a reminder paid family leave impacts every worker in Colorado. #coleg #copolitics #kdvr pic.twitter.com/AoTNsLS9rt
‘They’ve engaged in political obstruction so we’ll put people in physical danger’ is a bad take, IMHO.
Business groups criticize Dems for holding the paid family leave hearing in a snow storm. “Despite hundreds of closures across the Denver metro region, the hearing is planned to move forward with or without robust stakeholder input.” Denver Chamber and CO Comp. Council. #coleg
BULLETIN: MAR 3, 2019
Late on Friday, Democrats at the State Capitol introduced crushing legislation that will devastate Colorado’s energy industry and immediately scheduled the bill for a hearing this Tuesday.
It is unprecedented for a piece of legislation this large to be heard in committee just a few days after it has been introduced.
This wasn’t a mistake – it’s a planned attempt to get this bill through the legislature as quickly as possible and prevent working Coloradans from speaking up.
We are asking Senate President Leroy Garcia, Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, and Committee Chair Faith Winter to delay the hearing and allow the people of Colorado to read, study, and understand the legislation.
Over 100,000 jobs in oil and gas hang in the balance – please take a moment to call Democrats at the State Capitol and tell them to delay the hearing on Senate Bill 181.
Senate President Leroy Garcia at 303-866-4878
Majority Leader Steve Fenberg at 303-866-4872
Committee Chair Faith Winter at 303-866-4863
Voters rejected Prop 112 last November and made clear Colorado should take a balanced approach to resource development. Coloradans deserve more time to study this legislation and to make their voices heard.
Thank you for standing up for thousands of working Coloradans in the energy industry. If you’re interested, you can read Senate Bill 181 here.
Chairman, Colorado Republican Committee