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  • Colorado Delegation Splits Along Party Lines For GOP Tax Bill Votes
    Posted in In the News on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Colorado's delegation in both the House and Senate split along party lines for the Republican tax overhaul bill. The House approved the plan by a mostly party-line Tuesday vote of 227-203. The Senate, voting early Wednesday, passed an amended bill 51-48 in a party-line vote. NPR reports two provisions had to be removed from the House bill before the Senate could vote on it because of rules violations. One provision at issue would allow families to use education savings accounts, often called 529... Read more

  • Where Colorado’s 9 members of Congress stand on net neutrality
    Posted in In the News on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal open-internet rules adopted two years ago. In a 3-to-2 vote, the rules that are known as net neutrality caused a fierce debate leading up the vote (and sure to continue after) had caused much public speculation, interest and furor over FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s move to rescind the regulations. The Associated Press reported that the Thursday vote could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more... Read more

  • LOMAX: Solar trade barriers won’t help American workers
    Posted in In the News on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    There’s nothing wrong with a vigorous debate over where, when and how we get the energy needed to run our households, businesses and the broader economy. But too often, the debate over energy policy is falsely portrayed as an all-or-nothing, zero-sum game. In reality, it takes a mix of different energy sources working together to support our way of life. Politicians and political campaigners who suggest otherwise, pitting the different energy sources against each other in a winner-take-all conte... Read more

  • Colorado’s Mike Coffman is first Republican U.S. Rep. to ask FCC to delay vote on net neutrality
    Posted in In the News on December 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman on Tuesday became the first Republican to urge regulators to delay a vote on net neutrality, which would repeal open internet rules adopted two years ago. In a letter to Ajit V. Pai, the Federal Communications Commission chairman who proposed the rollback, Coffman said that altering the rules “may well have significant unanticipated negative consequences.” He asked Pai to let Congress hold hearings on the issue and pass open internet laws. “As you stated in your dissent to... Read more

  • Why It’s Getting Easier for Marijuana Companies to Open Bank Accounts
    Posted in In the News on December 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Editor's Note: This story was updated 12/7 to correct the year when medical marijuana dispensaries opened in Hawaii (it was 2017), and 12/6 to clarify comments made by Brian Smith, who said that many marijuana businesses were reluctant to open bank accounts because they were hesitant to enter a highly regulated system. State and local officials in places that recently legalized marijuana are bracing for the arrival of a sector that largely runs on cash. They’re anxiously envisioning burglars tar... Read more

  • 66 Congress members make plea to extend protection for medical marijuana states
    Posted in In the News on November 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    With the current federal appropriations bill set to expire Dec. 8, there’s a new bipartisan call for continuing protection of medical marijuana states. Two congressmen behind a namesake provision for medical cannabis, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, on Wednesday sent a letter co-signed by 64 of their peers to House and Senate leadership. The letter, addressed to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ry... Read more

  • Banking issues still plaguing pot industry
    Posted in In the News on November 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    When Kale Lacroux and his business partner announced in June that they were applying for a medical marijuana retail license for property they have owned in downtown Basalt for a decade, it seemed innocuous enough. After all, medical marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2010, when voters approved Amendment 20 by a 56 percent to 46 percent margin. In 2012, state voters passed Amendment 64, which legalized recreational cannabis, by almost the same margin. At this time, pot — in either recreat... Read more

  • Republicans Block Marijuana Banking Measure
    Posted in In the News on November 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Republican congressional leadership is blocking consideration of a measure to allow marijuana businesses to deposit their profits in banks. Many financial institutions are currently afraid to serve cannabis businesses that are legal in a growing number of states because of ongoing federal prohibition and the associated risk of running afoul of money laundering and drug laws. As a result, many marijuana growing, processing and retail operations carry out business on a cash-only basis, making them... Read more

  • Denver Post: As U.S. House tax reform vote nears, Colorado's Ken Buck could be the rare Republican voice of caution
    Posted in In the News on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Nov. 16--WASHINGTON -- Among the Republicans in Colorado's congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck is the one most likely to oppose a far-reaching tax plan that's scheduled for a vote Thursday in the U.S. House. The two-term lawmaker from Windsor was one of just 20 Republicans to oppose a related budget bill that passed the House last month, and Buck said he might vote against the tax measure for a similar reason -- its impact on the national debt and deficit. "The problem I have with this ... Read more

  • GOP tax reform: What we know right now, and what lawmakers from Colorado are saying
    Posted in In the News on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    DENVER – The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote Thursday on a sweeping tax reform bill while the Senate GOP finalizes its version of the bill. If passed, there would be sweeping effects on the nation’s economy and Americans’ tax brackets. The GOP is trying to pass a full tax reform measure for the first time in 30 years and has deemed it imperative to their platform heading into 2018. Though the bills have been undergoing changes this week and some were still being made in the Senate a... Read more

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