We just had a great three days of meetings, networking, and celebration with the incoming CRA and CRF Boards of Directors at the beautiful Broadmoor Resort. We discussed the many initiatives being worked on by the Association and the Foundation, and brainstormed new ideas for future endeavors. We welcomed new leadership to our boards including our new chairman of the Board, Tom Carlson of Cool River Coffee House. And on Tuesday night we celebrated our highest awards ceremony with the Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducting Vilis Berzins, Joan Brewster, Rob Haimson, and Thom Parker into our Hall of Fame. We also celebrated Larry and Jill DiPasquale as they received the Noel & Tammy Cunningham Humanitarian Award. And we were thrilled to announce the newest Richard P. Ayers Award for Distinguished Service winner…drumroll please….. Steve Kanatzar of The Airplane Restaurant in Colorado Springs. Stay tuned for pics and more information on our award winners. Congratulations to all!
Earlier this week, the CRA Board of Directors met for their annual New Board Member Orientation. At this three-day event, the Board spent nearly an entire day talking about upcoming legislative issues, our government affairs strategy, and reviewed several ballot initiatives that will impact the restaurant industry. Here is a brief overview of the positions taken by the CRA Board of Directors and some of the reasons why those positions were taken.
Amendment 73 – Opposed
The CRA does support a well-funded and effective K-12 education system in the State of Colorado. Our students deserve an excellent education as many of them will be leaders in our industry in the future. However, as written Amendment 73 dramatically increases the taxes on Colorado small businesses, it could prevent individual districts from instituting future needed local taxes, it offers no guarantee that the funds raised will make it to the classroom, and it adds this new dedicated tax into the already confusing property tax calculations in the Colorado Constitution, where it will be almost impossible to fix if the system is not perfect at launch.
Roughly 75% of Colorado’s restaurants are small, independent, single unit establishments that will see their taxes significantly increased in an already difficult business. Roughly 95 cents of every dollar spent in a restaurant goes to the people, the place, and the food. There is just simply not a lot of room for these businesses to absorb even more costs.
Amendment 74 – Opposed
While Amendment 74 seems like a smart protection for property owners and only a small change to Colorado’s Constitution, the broad language has a potential to cause huge unintended consequences. Amendment 74 would allow any property owner, including businesses, to receive compensation for laws or rules that diminished their property value or reduced their potential revenue. However, if this amendment were to pass, not only could some of the groups that opposed those laws and regulations seek compensation from the State of Colorado, they would likely also force those government bodies to repeal the very protections we have been fighting for. We have been working tirelessly to pass laws or rules to either protect the restaurant industry or create parity in Colorado’s complicated liquor laws. We would hate to see dual consumption protections go away, distance restrictions of food trucks in front of restaurants be repealed, local input on the location of state manufacturer liquor licenses be done away with, and who knows what else. The state of Oregon has a similar law and has already seen $3Billion in claims brought against their state. Amendment 74 is even more extreme. This is a poorly written law that should not be added to our Constitution.
Amendments Y & Z – Support
Amendments Y & Z would strictly prohibit “Gerrymandering” and changes how our districts are determined creating a more fair, effective and transparent process leading to better representation in the Colorado Capitol and in Washington. Currently, Colorado’s system for determining legislative and Congressional districts is not transparent, encourages back room deals that are announced at the last minute, and force the courts to get involved. Additionally, because the current system is not effective and fair, many of Colorado’s races are won in the primary race. This only enforces a divided legislature making it more difficult for moderate individuals to get elected. Dividing up Colorado’s legislative and Congressional districts fairly is vital to ensuring fair and effective representation in our political system.
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.
Join in a competition for the best decorated gingerbread house while raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease. This festive, fun-filled event provides an opportunity to welcome the holiday season and spread some cheer. Our friends at the Parkinson Association of the Rockies is inviting all local chefs, hospitality professionals, home bakers and YOU to participate in this fun holiday competition while raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease. There is no fee to enter the Talent Division. All entries will be on display at The Studios at Overland Crossing on Friday, November 30th. The winning entry will be aired on CBS4 and all others will be auctioned to raise funds for the programs and services provided by the Parkinson Association. We know there are some talented professionals out there! SHOW IT OFF!
November 8-9: ServSafe Train the Trainer Course – Steamboat Springs
November 10: ServSafe Food Manager Class – Steamboat Springs