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  • Cyberinsurance is gaining steam for smaller businesses
    Posted in In the News on September 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Experts may debate the necessity of cyberinsurance, but smaller businesses are starting to buy these policies, which were once limited to large companies like Equifax. But there are many important differences between large and smaller companies when it comes to cyberinsurance needs. Large corporations are more likely to be targeted in hacks, buy coverage directly from insurers, and have their own legal, public relations, and technology expertise. Smaller companies are becoming cyberinsurance buy... Read more

  • The Trump administration has yet to fill some crucial federal posts for Colorado, the region
    Posted in In the News on September 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Foreign Affairs

    Eight months into the Trump administration, a slate of top federal jobs in Colorado and the West remains unfilled — a hiring delay that touches everything from the environment to criminal justice and one which local leaders and activists said hampers their ability to work with the White House. Full-time administrators have yet to be installed in the Colorado regional offices of the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development a... Read more

  • Perlmutter Helps Expand Opportunity for Community College Transfer Students
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Student Loan Debt

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) cosponsored the Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2017 to help expand opportunity for community college transfer students. Through the “reverse transfer” process, students who transferred from a community college to a four-year-institution but haven’t completed a bachelor’s degree can apply those additional credits toward an associate’s degree. It’s estimated that about 30% of students who have transferred from a community college t... Read more

  • Breaking the Bank
    Posted in In the News on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    With dispensaries bringing in as much green as they ship out, it may come as a surprise that banks aren't ready to cash in on the booming industry. One of the problems posed by continual federal restrictions is that banks operating across the nation aren't willing to risk lawsuits by accepting money earned from a technically illegal activity. That means marijuana businesses usually find themselves with more cash than they can keep onsite, and without the services of a bank, that leads to less-se... Read more

  • Fueling the fire: Legislation proposed to make helicopters safer
    Posted in In the News on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Transportation

    Twenty months after 9Wants to Know started an investigation looking into antiquated helicopter fuel systems, members of Colorado’s congressional delegation appear ready to act on many of the investigation’s findings. Thursday, Rep. Jared Polis and Rep. Ed Perlmutter introduced what they’re calling the “Helicopter Fuel System Safety Act.” The legislation, an extension of previously proposed legislation, would require helicopter manufacturers to place crashworthy fuel systems onboard every newly b... Read more

  • Eleven Ways the Trump Administration May Try to Kill Legal Marijuana
    Posted in In the News on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Members of the Justice Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety have been ordered to "undertake a review of existing policies" regarding federal marijuana law enforcement, among other things. Their report is due on or before July 27, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws believes the document may use as its template a list by a fellow at the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation of eleven ways the administration of President Donald Trump can shut dow... Read more

  • ‘It is too risky’: Marijuana group says PNC Bank to close its accounts amid fears of a DOJ crackdown
    Posted in In the News on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    One of the nation’s leading marijuana legalization groups says PNC Bank has notified it that it will close the organization’s 22-year-old accounts, a sign of growing concerns in the financial industry that the Trump administration will crack down on the marijuana business in states that have legalized it. The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) lobbies to eliminate punishments for marijuana use but is not involved in growing or distributing the drug — an important distinction for federally regulated ... Read more

  • Dodd-Frank battle may not help America's favorite banks
    Posted in In the News on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The Republican overhaul of the Dodd-Frank banking law moving toward a House floor vote is a Washington cage fight, with Democrats and Republicans sharply divided. But one section of it seems to meet with widespread approval: regulatory relief for small banks. Known as community banks for their local focus, these institutions are mother-and-child figures on Capitol Hill, inspiring love and support on both sides of the often miles-wide aisle. There's far-ranging agreement on the need to lighten th... Read more

  • Perlmutter Statement on the Trump Administration’s Budget Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s budget proposal. “Though short on details, Democrats and Republicans should agree President Trump’s budget proposal takes us backward not forward. It’s unacceptable to balance the budget on the backs of hard working families here in Colorado and across the country. I cannot support a budget that among other things proposes deep cuts to the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), environm... Read more

  • Three Ways to Fix U.S. Marijuana Laws
    Posted in In the News on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to say terrible things about marijuana and hint at a potential crackdown against states that have approved recreational or medical sales, assorted members of Congress have introduced legislation aimed at changing the way the federal government deals with the plant, including its designation as a Schedule I narcotic by the Drug Enforcement Administration. But there's disagreement among national leaders of the cannabis community about whether i... Read more

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