Coalition warns against tax hike

Small businesses in Colorado could face higher taxes next year under provisions of a state constitutional amendment, a small business advocacy group warns. But the so-called Gallagher Amendment, including a provision resetting its formula in 2021, could be repealed under Amendment B, a measure on the November election ballot. “What has been sold to the […]

Amendment 74 a defense mechanism against government abuses

Most people in Colorado don’t know the government can take up to 90 percent of the value of your property without compensating you for your loss. Right now, there isn’t even a method by which an individual property owner can attempt to be made whole when adversely affected by government action. When confronted with these […]

Poll results show higher wage costs come with consequences

All’s quiet on the minimum wage front at the moment, but don’t think last year’s passage of Amendment 70 is any long-term cease fire. Advocates for higher rates will kick off the 2018 session of the Colorado Legislature with a push to let cities and counties set their own minimum wage rates. New research put […]

Into the great minimum wage mess we charge

By now, most Coloradans who intend to vote are well aware of what Amendment 70 would do: raise the state’s minimum-wage rate. This doesn’t mean they necessarily understand what the minimum-wage rate is and what increases do. Old definitions and arguments don’t hold much sway with voters, so let’s propose something new: The minimum wage […]

Sam and Mattie won’t work overtime again

The most important thing to know about the Obama administration’s new overtime rule is that it has now disrupted or voided the arrangements 73,000 Coloradans had with their employers. Arrangements, mutually beneficial to employer and employee alike, accommodated individual lifestyles, family commitments and emergency needs. The 73,000 number comes from the U.S. Department of Labor […]

Garland v. small businesses: Nominee a bad choice

President Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Garland could serve on the court for at least a decade and tip the balance in favor of the liberal block of […]

Given cost, single-payer health care doomed to fail in Colorado, too

The votes are in: Obamacare has failed. What else is there to conclude from the 156,107 signatures of Coloradans on a petition for a single-payer health care system that supporters turned into the secretary of state for validation? Here’s the bad news for the Colorado Care campaign: Should your initiative make it on to the […]

Frivolous lawsuits big problem for small business

Whatever the presidential candidates might point to, those on the losing end of a frivolous lawsuit know firsthand what ails our nation most: the judicial system and lawyers who game it. It would be wrong to blame all of them. But there can be no ignoring some of the highly destructive damage lawyers do from […]

Some advice for young job hunters: Clean up your acts

If you’re in your late teens or early 20s, still living at home, comfortably back in school at the moment and don’t already have one, now would be a good time to start planning your job search. Note: I said job search, not career path. There’s plenty of time for the latter. Forces beyond your […]