We have less than a month left in the legislative session and activity at the capitol is not slowing down. In this episode we'll give you an update on the bills we have been watching all session and a Denver specific ballot initiative . Also, don't miss the Foundation Scholarship Awards Gala on April 30. Get your staff ServSafe trained to comply with the new Food Code requirements. Sign up as an exhibitor for the Colorado Restaurant & Bar Show coming this September. And check out some of the exclusive member-only benefits we have through our partners at UnitedHealthCare.
Ballots are dropping this week in Denver!
The CRA has been involved with a coalition of businesses and Denver residents to educate the public about the dangers of Ballot Initiative 300. This initiative would allow people to rest or build permanent living quarters on public property, and it would be considered a civil rights violation to approach a homeless person to provide beneficial services. While the CRA is sympathetic to the issue of homelessness and believe that a comprehensive solution does need to be developed, Initiative 300 is not a solution. The CRA has been working for months on strategies to make citizens aware of the public health disaster and negative impacts on the local economy Ballot Initiative 300 would have if it passed. If you live in Denver please vote NO on Ballot Initiative 300 and please reach out to the CRA if you have any questions about the ballot measure.
At the state capitol
CRA’s government affairs team has been working with sponsors on HB 1210 which would allow local governments to set their own minimum wage. The CRA, with other entities in the business community, have been working to get amendments that would make this legislation less impactful on Colorado’s small businesses. On Monday, April 15th, several amendments were added to the bill in an attempt to address the concerns brought by the business groups opposed to the bill. While we appreciate the sponsors willingness to work with us, the amendments didn’t address our concerns. We are currently working on the language with legislators to ensure the tip credit is preserved. The CRA will keep you informed of what is occurring at the capitol.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about what we are working on, please contact Nick Hoover.
May 18-21, 2019 | Chicago, IL
For 100 years the National Restaurant Association Show is where you hear it, see it, and taste it first. Join the centennial celebration in Chicago and see what will shape the next 100 years in foodservice. CRA members receive a FREE badge to the show with your NRA ID number. Not sure what you NRA ID number is? Contact Devany McNeill at the CRA.
We need your help. Members of Congress are back home from Washington for the next two weeks, and they need to hear from constituents about how important it is to fix restaurant depreciation in the tax code. Unintentionally, the 2017 tax reform bill left improvements to your restaurant with a 39-year depreciation period instead of the 15-years Congress intended. What’s more, you are ineligible for one of the biggest benefits of the new tax law: 100% bonus depreciation for improvements from 2018 through the end of 2022. Bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate to fix this mistake, and we need your Members of Congress to join these bills as cosponsors.
CRA Partner Fishbowl Analytics recently released its annual list of concepts to watch. They include up and comer CRA members Punch Bowl Social. This year’s list is one of its most diverse, representing a range of flavor profiles and restaurant concepts. But one characteristic that most of the chains have in common is their health-focused menus. According to Fishbowl, that’s now the price of entry, not a distinguishing feature.
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