Colorado Election Results - will they impact your business?
January 9: Mark your Calendar for the Blue Ribbon Legislative Reception
The 2018 election created a new political landscape in the State of Colorado for the restaurant industry. Democrats won all statewide races that were on the ballot this fall most notably with Congressman Jared Polis (D) defeating Walker Stapleton (R) in one of the hottest Gubernatorial contests in the nation.
The State House will remain in control of the Democrats. There are still 5 races that have not been called, with 4 Democrats leading and 1 Republican leading. If those current leaders win, Democrats will have 41 of the 65 House seats leaving 24 for Republicans. Additionally, Democrats took control of the 35 Colorado Senate seats from the Republicans with a 19-16 majority. Republicans had held the Senate since the 2014 election.
On the Ballot, the CRA only focused on a few issues and on election night the Colorado voters seemed to share similar sentiments as the CRA.
Amendment 73 – Opposed – Failed
The CRA does support a well-funded and effective K-12 education system in the State of Colorado, but this Amendment was not the answer. Dramatic tax increases with no guarantee the funds would make it to the classroom, and since it would have been in the constitution it would be almost impossible to fix if the system was not perfect.
Amendment 74 – Opposed – Failed
The broad language of this amendment had the potential to cause huge unintended consequences while adding enormous claims against the state.
Amendments Y & Z – Support – Passed
We supported Amendments Y & Z to prohibit “Gerrymandering” and change how our districts are determined creating a more fair, effective and transparent process leading to better representation in the Colorado Capitol and in Washington.
If you have questions about any of these ballot initiatives or would like to learn more about the CRA positions, contact Nick Hoover, firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 830-2972.
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And now you have it! Open Enrollment for health care has begun and a new Association Health Plan is available to small restaurant employer members with 2-99 full-time employees. The Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust is designed for the hospitality industry, and offers small businesses the product and pricing flexibility historically available only to large businesses. Act now to have your coverage in effect by January 1!
+ Restaurant Neighbor Awards deadline extended to Nov 18
November 22-23: CRA Offices Closed
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