Business/Economy

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Colorado can do more to improve economic freedom

Politicians in Denver and at the local level should reduce corporate welfare spending that puts small businesses at a disadvantage, cut taxes and regulations, and shrink their government bureaucracies.

By Dean Stansel · December 20, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Economy, Politics, Taxes
Mandating higher minimum wage bad for business, bad for low-skilled workers, bad for the economy

Mandating higher minimum wage bad for business, bad for low-skilled workers, bad for the economy

Amendment 70 does not, indeed it cannot, lead to increased prosperity for the State of Colorado. It will in fact hurt the very people it is intended to help.

By Paul T. Prentice, Ph.D. · October 19, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Economy, Politics
Steyer alert: Business leaders sound the alarm over Colorado state legislature

Steyer alert: Business leaders sound the alarm over Colorado state legislature

With California billionaire Tom Steyer playing a huge role in down-ballot races, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry says state legislative races are “the most critical thing for this election cycle.”

By Simon Lomax · October 1, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Gold Dome, Politics
Beware unintended consequences of minimum wage hike

Beware unintended consequences of minimum wage hike

There’s no such thing as a free minimum wage. The effects include throwing some people out of work, who will then get the real minimum wage of zero.

By Ari Armstrong · August 19, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Ari Armstrong, Business/Economy, Economy, Elections
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Blake: Single-subject rule is too limiting

This year, the single-subject rule kept off the ballot a reasonable attempt to change the way Colorado draws congressional and legislative district maps after each decennial census.

By Peter Blake · August 17, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Constitutional Law, Elections, Gold Dome, Legal, Peter Blake, Politics, TABOR, Taxes
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Blake: On the initiatives, just say ‘no’

Initiative No. 98: Automatically sending the state’s unaffiliated voters ballots of both major parties so they can vote for candidates in one or the other primary without joining, even temporarily, that party? That’s so… Millennial: Participation without commitment.

By Peter Blake · August 10, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Gold Dome, Health Care, Legal, Politics, TABOR
Blake: The ‘classical liberalism’ of Bill Armstrong

Blake: The ‘classical liberalism’ of Bill Armstrong

“We must be scrupulous, always scrupulous, in our protection of the rights of those who disagree with us.”

By Peter Blake · July 15, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Civil Liberties, Education, Free Speech, Peter Blake, Politics, Taxes
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Blake: The “can’t regulate her” regulator

The reason bureaucracies live forever: They happily take a mile when given an inch, but tend to ignore those all-too-rare legislative attempts to curb their authority. Like rented mules, they need to be hit with a two-by-four just to get their attention. Frances Koncilja, newest member of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, is trying to wield such a plank. Just […]

By Peter Blake · June 22, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Economy, Gold Dome, Legal, Peter Blake, Politics
Robert Duran tends to his wholesale flowers at his business in Longmont - Credit: Todd Shepherd

Small businesses hit with six-figure fines going back 5-8 years

“The intent was to get everyone in compliance, not to steal their home, not to steal their business, not to shut them down and put these poor people (Duran’s employees) out of work even though it’s seasonal work. That was not the intent,” Duran said.

By Todd Shepherd · May 31, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Agriculture, Business/Economy, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Economy, Gold Dome, Immigration, Legal, Original Report
Blake: Newest taxi company will also be the largest

Blake: Newest taxi company will also be the largest

Each driver has one vote in the co-op but the year-end dividend isn’t divided equally among members. Communism it’s not.

By Peter Blake · May 28, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Economy, Politics, Transportation