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CandidateDistrict1.  What three policy changes do you think would be most beneficial in supporting small business in Colorado?2. Would you support a bill to create a state fund that employees would pay into in order to receive partial wages if they take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or new baby?3. What do you think can be done to make health insurance more affordable for small business owners and their employees?4. Would you support a bill to create a state fund that employees would pay into in order to offer long term IRA retirement savings to them when businesses can’t afford or choose not to offer retirement options?5. Would you support a bill to give local control to municipalities to set a higher minimum wage than the state’s, to best ensure livable wages in their communities and local economies?6. How would you propose increasing development and improving access to affordable housing in Colorado?7. If elected, will you support policies that ensure businesses are open to all Coloradans regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, age, disability, immigration status and country of origin?8. What do you think needs to be done to make the Colorado transportation system more efficient, accessible, safer, and affordable?9. Do you support local governments having the ability to create zoning and planning policies for the development of oil and gas that best protects the health and safety of residents in their communities?10. What policies would you promote to expand the use of renewable energy and reduce emmissions?11. If elected, what bills are you considering running?Party
Bill HammonsGovernorI
Jared PolisGovernorI believe one of the best ways we can set our economy and Colorado small businesses up for success in the future is to bring universal free full-day preschool and kindergarten to every child in the state. By giving them a head start on getting a world-class education, we can better prepare our children for a more competitive and more global economy of the future. This policy change will also allow more parents to go back to work and provide for their families full-time if they choose, and will dramatically defray the costs of childcare.
I also believe that the time for paid family and medical leave in Colorado is now. No worker should have to choose between keeping their job and taking care of themselves or a loved one in a moment of need. Not only will this increase productivity for employers, but it will ensure that Colorado workers are treated more fairly and with respect in regards to everything from a common illness to life’s most sensitive moments.
I also pledge to be a governor that takes on big special interests that seek to have a leg up on small businesses by going after unfair tax loopholes and passing the savings on to consumers and small businesses.
Yes, I prefer a more elegant solution to paid medical leave, and am eager to work with stakeholders in the Capitol to ensure that we are approaching this issue from a mindset that will benefit small businesses and workers alike.Western states across the political spectrum suffer from many of the same issues
plaguing Colorado, such as rising health care costs and premiums that price rural
Coloradans out of access to their provider of choice. In the absence of leadership
coming from Washington, we need to think outside the box and lead the charge
ourselves to bring universal health coverage to Colorado.
I will work to develop partnerships with other western states to pioneer a groundbreaking regional multi-state consortium to offer a common-payer system in the West to reduce prices, expand coverage, and improve the quality of care.
This will reduce the cost and administrative strain placed on small businesses in
providing health care to their employees. This means businesses can spend more time and money investing in their businesses with the peace of mind that their employees will be well taken care of in our health care system.
I have proposed a series of reforms that will immediately reduce costs and improve access to care as we work towards this goal.
yes I have supported the creation of a Secure Savings Plan for workers who lack access to
retirement options.
Yes, I believe thtat local communities should be able to set wages at levels appropriate to the
needs of their citizens, but not lower than the state-mandated minimum wage.
The cost of living in Colorado has significantly increased and paychecks haven’t kept up.
To me, tackling “affordable housing” means solving both parts of this problem: creating
more affordable housing options while also raising incomes across the board so that
more Coloradans can afford to live in the communities they call home. It’s the job of the
Governor to be convener in chief to work with large employers and cities and towns to
address the lack of affordable housing.
It’s the governor’s job to lead and seize creative opportunities. For example, while in
Congress I led federal collaboration with local communities in Summit County to build
nearly 400 affordable housing units by transferring land from the Forest Service to the
We should pursue new ideas like transit-centered affordable housing development which
gives more Coloradans the ability to work and live in the communities they call home. We
should also work with the State Land Board land to identify opportunities to develop
affordable housing units at a discounted rate on rundown or vacant lots; pursue zoning
laws that promote mixed-income and multi-family housing; and enact thoughtful reforms
to predatory leasing practices, such as still charging people to submit rental applications
when no apartments are available.
Yes In 2017, the Colorado General Assembly created the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission to pursue building a high-speed commuter rail line that serves the Front Range of Colorado. Initial reports are promising and show a real path towards providing Coloradans with a modern high-speed transportation option that
connects to our statewide transportation system. As governor, I would support continuing the important work of this Commission.
Colorado must also make sure that our roads and highways get the maintenance they need. Nearly 70 percent of our roads and highways are in poor or mediocre condition, and each Colorado driver pays $287 in car repairs per year as a result of the damage due to driving on roads. Correcting this is as much about public safety as it is about
reducing congestion.
As Governor Hickenlooper has said, Utah has half as many people as Colorado, but invests nearly four times what Colorado does toward improving road capacity each year.
Underinvestment has left us with $9 billion of unmet transportation needs as congestion gets worse and worse. This is simply not fair to Coloradans and puts the future of our economy at risk.
That’s why I agree with the large and diverse coalition of local governments, businesses, Republicans, Democrats, advocacy groups, and citizens that believes Colorado voters should have a say in investing new revenue toward fixing our crumbling infrastructure.
And, I believe that the fastest and most cost-effective transportation system is one that reduces our need to travel and provides us the freedom to travel easily when we do. Building a universal 21st-century digital infrastructure enables more Coloradans to telecommute and can be a lifeline for many rural communities that rely on telemedicine. Whether you’re a senior who wants to video chat with the grandkids in Texas, or an
entrepreneur looking to compete in a global economy, creative approaches to infrastructure play a significant role in making sure all Coloradans can live a good life in a changing economy.
yes I am proud to have launched my campaign with a clear policy roadmap for achieving 100
percent renewable energy for Colorado, reducing costs for consumers, and growing
1) Create strong incentives for energy efficiency by:
● Increasing regulatory incentives for energy-efficient construction and energy-efficient lighting.
● Expanding State Energy Savings Performance Contracting.
● Ensuring that utilities have strong incentives for managing their increasing energy efficiency.
● Increasing regulatory incentives for grid infrastructure upgrades and smart grid investments to improve the efficiency of electricity transmission.
● Building on Governor Hickenlooper’s recent Executive Order to establish policies that account for the costs of carbon to our economy, public health, and environment.
2) Spur investment in new local renewable energy projects by:
● Appointing Public Utilities Commissioners who support consumers and renewable energy.
● Encouraging rooftop solar by ensuring that utilities give homeowners, schools, and businesses full credit for the energy they produce through rooftop solar panels.
● Creating a Colorado-based contingency fund for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for solar home improvements.
● Allowing homeowners and cooperatives to install energy storage equipment.
● Expanding the market for shared renewable energy projects, such as geothermal, solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, wind, biomass, municipal solid waste; and increasing size limits on production.
● Creating special districts for small- to medium-scale renewable energy, especially in rural areas.
3) Support and utilize our skilled workforce by:
● Using innovative financial mechanisms to recapture stranded coal assets and assist communities where coal plants have been retired; and retraining and redeploying workers for green energy jobs that can never be outsourced.
● Investing in coal communities where coal plants have retired by creating Workforce Development Commissions to help skilled workers find meaningful work using their skills, becoming entrepreneurs, or retraining for a new career if they choose.
● Working with industry and local communities to create partnerships that give closed mines and factories new missions in manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, and renewable energy development.
As governor, I will work closely with Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation that address all of the above policy ideas that I believe will strengthen Colorado’s economy and make our state an even more attractive place to open a business and raise a family.D
Paul WillmonGovernorThe three policies that would be most beneficial for small businesses are an affordable healthcare system with lower cost so employees and employers aren’t burdened with the cost of their health and missing work or affording to be able to go in for a checkup. Lowering taxes for small businesses would help to possibly stimulate company growth and wage increases for both employer and employees. I also think a business loan program or creating a business growth fund would be beneficial for start-up small businesses to help grow businesses and communities throughout the state.Yes, a state fund for employees to receive partial wages for time off for paternity leave or sick family member is a good idea for those willing to participate and unable to secure other means available. Some issues with this fund could be how the wages are controlled and payed out accordingly. Are these wages already taxed or will the wages be taxed upon use? Are these wages protected from the state’s use of the wages? If the fund closes prematurely will all the employees receive their full investment? These are just a few issues that would have to be addressed for the protection of creating a bill for a state fund for the employees.To make health insurance more affordable and to bring the cost of health services down the state could have an employer health insurance program. Since one of the top exports for the state is medical and surgical equipment these medical companies could reduce prices here in the state. Additionally, make state insurance available for part time workers that are unable to afford or who may currently over qualify for current state health insurance which workers already pay in to.Yes, a state fund for employees to pay into a long term IRA retirement savings is a good idea for those willing to participate and unable to participate in other programs. Some issues with this fund could be how the payout will be structured. Again who will control and pay the retirement to the recipients? Will this be taxed or will it be taxed upon use or penalized for early retirement request? Is this retirement savings protected from the state’s use of the invested money? If the savings fund closes prematurely will all participants receive their full investment? These and other issues would have to be properly addressed for protection of creating a state fund for employees for their retirement.No, the problems that I could see arising from a local minimum wage would possibly create small business closures that can’t keep up with local requirement. It could possibly keep some businesses out of the community due to higher minimum wage. With the higher minimum wage increase locally it could have an impact on increasing the cost of living for that area which is already affecting Coloradoans. The housing development has been increasing in Colorado over the last few years. The cost of these developments with making new neighborhoods and communities is proof that the cost of living has increased which makes it harder for improving affordable housing. This has not helped those that make minimum wage so this would be understandable if there was an increase to the minimum wage. Additionally, it would help if taxpayers received a tax cut and property taxes were reduced to help encourage affordable home producing and buying.Yes Colorado’s transportation system is a decade if not more behind than the growing population and land development that it has seen since the turn of the century. Highways need to be widened, bridges need to be repaired, and roadways need to be designed and updated for the current population and projected future growth. The state could also look into the use of alternate materials that can provide longer use and durability for the roadways. The public transit system needs to be expanded to new locations since communities are growing. The use of more emission and environmentally friendly transportation system could help make Colorado a more efficient, accessible, safer, and affordable state to commute.Yes The state currently has set standards for oil and gas development, but not all of Colorado’s towns and cities are built the same. If a local government wishes to make a healthier and safer community for their residents, and that is what the community wants, then they should have the ability to create planning policies and zoning accordingly for oil and gas development. The issue I could see is if the policy or zoning makes it so that there is a zero possibility of oil and gas development in the community. With the help of tax incetives, the prospects of new job creation, a cleaner environment, and new developing technology renewable energy has become more possible today than a couple decades ago. I would promote a policy in which each town yearly contributed to their significant growth of renwable energy endevour and work on making Colorado more renewable energy friendly. Having a policy that utilizes the cultivatuion and use for industrail hemp locally and working on biofuels would be a way to help reduce emeissions for the state and cut down cost of importing resources and materials that can be grown, manufactured, and sold in Colorado. Bills that would be of assistance to Colorado residents would consist of lowering taxes, statewide minimum wage stabilization, an affordable and accessible healthcare system, loosening of marijuana regulations, and a proposal of state pay cuts, are some of the bills that I would consider running if elected as Governor of Colorado.U
Scott HelkerGovernorL
Walker StapletonGovernorR
George BrauchlerAttorney GeneralL
Phil WeiserAttorney GeneralMy career has focused on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, largely related to my leadership of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. At Silicon Flatirons, I founded Startup Colorado, which supports startup businesses across Colorado; I founded the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network; and I helped start a number of key efforts to
encourage entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. As Attorney General, I will continue such involvements and work to support and encourage small business. Let me mention three specific and relevant priorities:
a. Celebrating responsible businesses and cracking down on irresponsible businesses: As Attorney General, I will work to make sure that responsible business owners are able to compete on a level playing field. To make this happen, I will go after irresponsible businesses or employers that engage in wage theft, misclassification, and other predatory practices. At the same time, I would work to create ways to celebrate and reward those small businesses that are providing real value to their communities, workers, and customers.
b. Defending “net neutrality”: As one of the founders of the Silicon Flatirons, I have been deeply involved in Colorado’s start-up community for much of my career. This experience has shown me that unless we have “network neutrality,” small businesses and entrepreneurs here in Colorado risk falling behind to larger, established competitors. Accordingly, I would join with those State AG’s who have challenged the Trump Administration’s attempts to roll back net neutrality.
c. Working to facilitate high-quality broadband access across the State: Broadband will be to the 21st century what electricity was to the 20th – a core foundation of economic opportunity. Sadly, in many parts of our State and, particularly, in rural areas, we have not done enough to make sure small businesses and entrepreneurs have access to these
Yes Although I would have to study any specific proposal in greater detail, I start from the basic
principle that no Coloradan should have to go bankrupt because a loved one gets sick.
Accordingly, if a specific proposal were able to achieve this objective without being unduly
burdensome for small business owners, I would support it.
As Attorney General, I’d take on this issue in several ways. I believe that the Affordable Care Act represents a crucial protection for all Coloradans, including small business owners, and that we need to take steps to protect it against attacks from Washington while advocating for reforms to continue to improve it. Moreover, I would work to increase competition among health insurance providers. In many parts of our state, and especially in rural areas, competition is extremely limited. My approach to addressing health care issues is discussed in this blog post.Yes Although I would have to study any specific proposal closely, I support the general principle that
no Coloradan who has worked productively throughout their career should end up without
savings in retirement. Accordingly, if a specific proposal achieved these objectives without being
unduly burdensome to small businesses, I would support it.
Yes Each locality in Colorado has its own unique concerns and labor conditions. In particular,
housing costs and the cost of living on the Front Range have skyrocketed in recent years,
making many cities and localities unaffordable in those areas under the current minimum wage.
We need to recognize this reality and allow those communities most impacted by these changes
to pass laws that make sense to them.
As noted above, the cost of living in many areas of Colorado has become unaffordable.
Nowhere is this starker than in housing. To address this challenge, I will work with our
Governor, State Legislature, and local governments to develop innovative strategies for
supporting more affordable housing.
Yes From the beginning, my campaign has been committed to protecting the equal rights of all
Coloradans. As Attorney General, I would work every day to put this principle into practice,
whether by taking a stand for LGBT rights in cases like Masterpiece Cakeshop , advocating for
the preservation of the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and cracking down on hate crimes, bias
crimes, and any similar forms of discrimination.
Colorado has experienced tremendous growth, and we need an infrastructure that can keep up.
To this end, I would support measures that would guarantee more reliable and consistent
infrastructure funding, including, but not limited to, advocating for a substantial reform to
Yes Each specific case is different, but as a general matter, we need to make sure local
communities have a say in the way oil and gas development is pursued. As Attorney General, I
would work toward this goal by, among other things, vigorously enforcing our existing
environmental safety standards, and by setting up a new unit at the Attorney General’s Office
focused specifically on working with localities to help them develop oil and gas policies that work
for them – not suing them without consultation as our present AG has done. You can read more
about my policies here at
I would start from the acknowledgement that human-caused climate change is a scientific consensus, and that to deny it is irresponsible and dangerous. Instead, we need to take proactive steps to promote our use of renewable energy and reduce our carbon emissions. As Attorney General, I would stand up to any attempts by Washington to limit our own freedom to set higher emissions standards, or to dismantle Colorado’s own homegrown environemntal protections like our existing methane protection rule. You can learn more about my full plan to help move Colorado toward a clean energy future at
As Attorney General, my primary constitutional responsibility would be to enforce the laws the
legislature passes. That said, I would advocate for and support any legislation that I felt moved
the State forward, with special focus on making sure that we protect the equal rights of every
Coloradan, that we safeguard our land, air and water, and that we ensure equal opportunity for every Coloradan. In the first session, I would focus on a pro-democracy and opportunity
agenda, including campaign finance reform (addressing dark money), criminal justice reform (including bail reform), and the opioid epidemic.
Jerry Sonnenberg SD 1Thanks for the reminder Debra. Although I know surveys are indeed helpful to organizations, my 12 years in the legislature are a much better barometer on how I will be on business issues. I appreciate you reaching out but I haven't been completing any surveys.R
Debra Gustafson SD 1D
Kerry DonovanSD 5A strong state with a sustainable future is the bedrock for small businesses being
successful. The state needs to protect what makes it great so that the quality of life and
state’s culture fuels small businesses. For the area I represent, broadband connectivity
is a major issue so I’ll continue to fight for additional funding and policy change. I will
also continue to defend the public lands that fuel the economies of many communities in
Senate District 5. Finally, the cost of health care continues to be a major issue for people
in the district. The cost is no longer attainable and access can be challenging as well.
Yes I carried that bill!This is an incredibly complicated issue, but a high cost reinsurance pool would help. Addressing the price of pharmaceuticals through transparency is another step we could explore. And finally, looking at major overhauls like a medicaid buy-in program are all next steps I’d like to see the state take.Yes I carried that bill!YesThe state could offer tax credits to incentivize building workforce housing.Y!Transportation needs to be safe and efficient otherwise it will not be utilized and it will have
increasingly negative impacts on our economy. In my district, the transportation systems are
largely operated by local entities. The state needs to continue to support these efforts.
Y Local control is a cornerstone of Colorado.I wrote and carried SB18-117: Collect Long-term Climate Change Data, which was expressly
aimed at reducing carbon emissions within Colorado and worked to lower the threshold for
implementation of microhydro. I’ll keep working on making sure the little details are in place to
implement the big ideas.
Unsure at this time. Need to continue touring district to listen to my constituents.D
Olen LundSD 5R
Don CoramSD 6 I don’t do questionnaire – “I have a voting record, many years of it” R
Guinn Unger SD 6a. Policies to reduce health care costs, increase access to insurance plans (see below) for
businesses as well as individuals.
b. Policies aimed at career development for employees of small businesses. Larger
corporations can offer their employees training and career development benefits. I would
support an effort - utilizing state and local resources, as well as local business groups - to pool
resources and offer career development opportunities specifically geared towards small
businesses. I believe this would allow small businesses to retain top talent, longer, as well as
help develop and hone a new generation of entrepreneurs.
c. Certain communities in Colorado have excellent resources for small businesses to seek
access to capital investment, assistance with HR, legal aid and other business necessities that
can be challenging for true small business owners. This is not remotely uniform across the
state, however, or in the communities in my Senate district. In fact, every small business owner
I talk to complains of how much time goes into handling logistics unrelated to the actual
operation of the business. I would promote allocating available state resources to promote these
types of resources.
Yes This would be set up like an insurance policy. Everyone pays in and those who
need the benefits get them.
With regards to specific, individual health plans, we can start by ensuring increased competition. I've proposed an effort to stabilize plans and premiums available across the state: if you are an insurance company selling plans in Denver, you have to sell the same plans, at the same rate,
all over Colorado. This is a huge issue for my district, where premiums are among the highest in the country and very few plans are available, and it would improve that problem for my constituents. I also believe, however, that ultimately this initiative would improve competition and lower premiums statewide.
More broadly, I am ultimately supportive of a Medicare-for-all type system, which would take the burden of health care costs off of employers and equalize the playing field for small businesses. Until we reach that point, however, one way we can help mitigate costs is by allowing small
businesses to pool resources and create cooperative groups in order to offer more robust insurance for their employees. I also believe that one of the most basic problems small businesses face is navigating our current system - we should be providing more resources to small business owners to e able to identify options and plans that are the best possible fit for
that business's specific needs, at the best rate.
Yes This would be beneficial for both small businesses and employees.Yes This should be a local option.First and foremost, our communities should be making an absolute commitment to developing affordable housing - this would vastly improve the available workforce for small businesses and allow those businesses to compete in the many high-cost areas of our state. Right now, many communities give lip service to affordable housing, but the number of available units are far too low, and the bar for what constitutes "affordable" is often too high to allow for a robust workforce.
I am supportive of efforts to work responsibly with developers to create affordable housing, including emphasizing mixed use developments whereby developers would receive incentives to couple affordable housing with a variety of other, more lucrative uses.
Yes Companies doing business with the public should be required to deal with all
customers without being allowed to discriminate in these ways.
My district is on the western slope, and so public transportation is limited. However I believe
that we could all benefit from a more inter-connected Colorado, including better roads and
highways in the short term to link my district with the front range, and longer-term development
of rail and public transportation linking our towns and cities.
Oil and gas companies are perfectly capable of operating responsibly, so they
should be required to do so.
One policy would be to increase the Renewable Energy Standard in future years to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2035 or 2040. I would also support a fee on carbon-based fuels.One of my first efforts would be to seek to lower health care costs along the western slope (and ultimately the rest of Colorado), as described above. I would work to find ways to offset the effects of the Gallagher Amendment. I would also like to look at ways to epeal/revise the TABOR amendment.D
Patrick McIntire SD 11R
Pete LeeSD 11Relief from unnecessary and extensive regulation, while protecting safety and health Policies to promote the economy to enable businesses to expand and increase wages which increases buying power and demand for products I sponsored a Buy Colorado bill to require the Colorado to purchase goods and services from Colorado business before contracting with out of state companies.Yes I support and voted for family and medical leave as a State Representative as do most other western democraciesCreate large pools of consumers /people to spread the risk and allow the state to negotiate for Rx purchasesYes, I supported a bill from Rep Peterson last year to do just that as most people don’t have sufficient retirement savings and are not knowledgeable to save and invest for retirement on their own. Yes, and I voted for a bill to do that in the Legislature last yearI would work with Housing Colorado and other knowledgeable experts to develop policies that make sense economically ; some possible approaches are to incentivize developers to build affordable housing, tax incentives and credits.Yes; as a former EEO officer for a fortune 500 size company and as a practicing attorney, I have been an advocate for anti-discrimination laws and policies and actually pursued complaints for discrimination. We need to provide more funding for our transportation infrastructure including multi modal transportation, to reduce the $9 billion backlog- and the state referendum to the voters will help to do so. Encouraging more alternatives to automobiles, autonomous vehicles, rail transport and walkable neighborhoods closer to employment are ideas to accomplish this. Yes Local control is part of the regulatory structure but some statewide uniformity is also a consideration. The recent action by PUC to permit closure of two fossil fuel plants while increasing wind and solar move us in theat direction. I would be supportive of re-assessing our renewable energy portfolio goals to give us a target to work towards. California and Hawaii have recently done so. We should continue to encourage community solar projects and distributive energy policies. I would listen to the advocates who are more expert on these issuesDuring my eight years as a legislator, I have successfully sponsored 90+ bill, many to improve the business climate, make capital more available such as equity funding, apprentice and training programs, etc but a lot of my work has been to improve the criminal justice system and reduce over incarceration. I expect to propose bills to reduce collateral consequences such as bars to employment, for former offenders, divert mentally ill and drug addicted offenders to treatment from jail, expansion of restorative justice, improving parole and probation outcomes and working with the juvenile justice system. D
John Cooke SD 13R
Phil KelleySD 13D
James Gilman SD 16L
Tammy StorySD 16Small business is the engine that drives our thriving Colorado economy, and more can and should be done to support them and their workforce. Policies I would advocate for would include measures that drive down the burdensome cost of healthcare that plagues employers and employees alike, expanding local control over setting a higher minimum wage to ensure that workers can live and thrive in the communities they work in, and measures to fund and expand rural broadband access, which will allow our rural small businesses to remain competitive in the 21st century economy. Yes
Increasing the affordability of healthcare is more than just a moral imperative, it’s also a vital step towards supporting our economy. Too often, small businesses and their employees in Colorado are handcuffed by staggeringly high health insurance premiums. More affordable health insurance would free up room on the balance sheet for our small businesses, allowing them to invest in things like higher wages, new hires, or workforce development. I would support legislation that would increase competition in the healthcare marketplace, as well as legislation that would increase price transparency amongst providers, both would drive down costs.
yesYesWe are approaching an affordable housing crisis in Colorado. We are enjoying tremendous growth and a thriving economy, but all too often employees are now priced out of housing in the communities that they work in due to skyrocketing home prices, and a challenging rental market. When elected I will aggressively explore measures that address this issue, provide relief, and ensure that working Coloradans can continue to afford to live here. YesWe must address our multi-billion-dollar infrastructure maintenance backlog. Hard-working Coloradans deserve better than crumbling roads and bridges. We also must make investments in multi-modal transportation options that will help alleviate some of the burdensome traffic faced in many of our communities, and help our state handle the transportation challenges that accompany our tremendous rate of growth. YesThe cost of renewable energy – wind, solar, hydro – is beginning to outperform its dirty, high-emissions counterparts on the open market. Energy companies like Xcel energy are taking advantage of this trend and accellerating the closure of their coal firing power plants in favor of renewable alternatives. I will support policies that help encourage these natural market forces, while also advocating for programs that Colorado workers are not displaced and have the needed resources to thrive in the changing landscape. When elected one of the first bills I will run would be the implementation of free full day kindergarten for students and families state-wide. Investments in early childhood education pay incredible dividends that can impact communities for generations, Colorado kids deserve nothing less. D
Tim NevilleSD 16R
Charles MessickSD 20L
Christine JensenSD 20R
Jessie DanielsonSD 20I look to folks like Good Business Colorado, the experts on these issues, to help guide
conversations leading to policy changes, around ways to support small business in our
YesI would like to have a comprehensive and thorough discussion with all stakeholders - as you are the experts - to come up with creative solutions to make health insurance more affordable for small business owners and their employees.YesYesI would like to have comprehensive discussions with all stakeholders, to address this issue and come up with solutions that increase development and improve access to affordable housing in Colorado.yesDuring the 2018 legislative session, we were able to pass a historic bipartisan transportation plan, which is a great first step. I think we have a lot of work to do to make our state’s transportation system more efficient, accessible, safer and affordable and I
am open to any and all conversations and ideas seeking creative solutions to this critical issue.
YesI would like to have a comprehensive and thorough discussion with all stakeholders to address this issue and come up with solutions to promote and expand the use of renewable energy and reduce emissions in Colorado.When I am elected to the state Senate, I will continue the work I started in the House - closing the pay gap and achieving equal pay for equal work in our state, addressing conservation issues, and standing up for seniors and veterans.D
Brittany PettersenSD 22Making sure businesses have retirement options for their employees, insurance coverage for paid leave, and significant investments in Colorado’s infrastructure and education.Absolutely. I support it every year and look forward to passing it when we take back the majority. Transparency in billing is the first essential step in unraveling our broken health care system. We have to address the billing game that is being played to game the system. We also need shared pooling to address the regional differences in cost. Yes! This is one of the most impactful bills I have had the opportunity to carry. Let’s get it passed next year!Yes I vote for it every year and will continue to.We need to make investments in infrastructure so our communities prosper in a sustainable way. We should also look at standards for new developments to include affordable housing options. This isn’t my area of expertise but it’s something I’m interested in.Yes. I will always fight to ensure Colorado businesses are open to all and are held accountable if they discriminate. Of course. There has to be a local voice and local protections for these issues.I had the opportunity to bring a bill to increase Colorado’s renewable energy standard in 2013, but we have to do more. We need to incentivize consumers to utlize new technologies through tax incentives, and set energy efficiency standards for new development. A bill to restrict hiring practices that perpetuate our pay gap for women and people of color, retirement security options for people who are not offered a plan at work, apprenticeship college credits for high school and associate degrees, numerous bills to address the opioid epidemic, and a bill to create an emergency response fund for students who are facing a financial hardship who need assistance. D
Tony SanchezSD 22R
Adam MatkowskySD 24I
Beth Martinez HumenickSD 24R
Donald OsbornSD 241) End employer sponsored health insurance (repeal the McCarran Ferguson act).
2) Eliminate the multitudes of small taxes and fees. Head taxes, licensing fees, use taxes, etc…
3) Legislativey discourage petty lawsuites from employees.
No This is a personal responsibility and Colorado does not need another bureauracy.1) Work to repeal the McCarran Ferguson act.
2) Work to end provider collusion created by “networks”.
3) Effectively neuter the American Medical Association.
4) Enact a health care consumer bill of rights.
No Colorado does not need another un-necessary bureauracy.No : I would not oppose the bill for physoliphical reasons, however I am opposed to minimum wage laws as they tend to harm the people they are intended to help. Allow truly low income housing to be built as opposed to bureacuritized and subsidized middle income housing that gets gamed by the middle class. This is too complex a subject for a 100 word response. 1) Light rail is not the answer.
2) Stop hijacking the transportation budget for other causes.
3) Allow new methods and technologies to emerge such as ride sharing, ebike and scooter rentals, Uber, etc...
No Oil companies own the natural resources below ground and have a right to extract them. I believe that the state, working with the oil companies, have the ability to effectively regulate extraction and insure the safety of nearby developments. Local control would mean local exclusion.Everything I read is that renewable costs are now less that conventional costs. It this is true, and I have my doubts, the government does not need to do anything. If not, I support nuclear energy 1) A health care consumer bill of rights.
2) Drastic changes in higher education. Radically limit residency requirements by allowing a “State certified degree” as opposed to a university specific degree and allow accredited private courses (including on-line) to apply to the state certified degree. End excessive costs imposed on students such as meal plan requirements, health insurance, and freshman dorm requirements. Restore the legal rights of accused sex offenders on campus.
3) End the multitude of fees associated with the court systems including the costs of phone calls for detainees.
Faith WinterSD 24Paid family leave.
A non profit retirement system that anyone can opt-in to.
Ensuring that all regulations are easy to understand for a business of any size.
Yes. Thank you for being a strong coalition member with me on this issue. You have helped us
bring this issue further than we ever have before. With your support this year, I am optimistic
that we will finally pass it in 2019.
It is a privilege and a huge business opportunity to be able to sell your health insurance product
to the state and be part of the state exchange system. In order to participate in that, you should
have to sell your products statewide and to businesses of all sizes.
Yes. I have been a strong supporter of this bill the last four years and look forward to passing it
in 2019 when I am in the Senate.
YesColorado is in an affordable housing crisis. More and more of our children are more worried about where they are going to sleep tonight instead of the homework in their backpack. More and more families are having to combine households just to afford to have a dry roof over their
heads. We are only one of 16 states without an affordable housing trust fund. That’s why I’ve introduced a bill three times to try to create the fund and help alleviate the affordable housing crisis. We need an affordable housing trust.
Absolutely. I’m proud to continue my support around nondiscrimination protections, and am honored to be endorsed by One Colorado and Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition. I am committed to ensuring that women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are respected, and have access to employment opportunities, housing, and public accommodations.As the House Prime Sponsor for Senate Bill 1, I focused my leadership on breaking through years of partisan gridlock to deliver the largest transportation funding in decades, which finally includes funding for mass transit. It’s up to the voters to decide if they will be part of the solution this fall, and I’m looking forward to continue my leadership role in the years ahead. I will also continue to strive for low income fares for RTD.Yes. As a former city councilor, I believe in local control and think that local governments know
their communities best. They should be able to have decision-making authority involving this
heavy industrial development.
We need to increase our renewable energy standards, make solar gardens more accessible, and have carbon reduction goals.Paid family leave.
Affordable housing trust fund.
Climate change action.
Licensing of student loan debt providers.
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Julia Varnell-Sarjeant SD 30A progressive tax, where the small business that don’t have high net profits pay little tax and those making a lot more money pay a bit more.
Streamlining the reporting of information required by the state (including easing some of the information required to be reported) and more assistance in that reporting
Allowing a grace period for startups to get profitable before paying taxes.
No I would not support such a bill, because I know that many employees of small businesses can’t afford to have more taken out of their net pay, and many small businesses can’t afford to increase salaries enough to make that feasible. However, I do believe that time off for new family members or ill family members is important and we have got to find a way to pay employees while they have to be away. I am thinking that taxing high profit corporations might be a way to do that, but I am open to suggestions. One option is a progressive tax on businesses, in which those that are making high net profits pay more than those on lower margins.First we need to bring pharmaceutical costs under control. We can do this by joining with other states to negotiate prices for drugs sold within our state. In addition, we can join with other states to contract for out of patent life critical drugs for our residents. Then we need to ensure that the Colorado exchanges are solvent and well managed. It would also be interesting to develop health care cooperatives that small businesses could join together and have enough participants combined to qualify for lower costs.Yes I would be open to such a concept, but I worry about those employees whose salaries are too low to be able to pay into that fund. We do need to figure out how to ensure retirement survival for those in low paying jobs, and ensure that the small businesses are not bankrupted by our solutions. Yes There is no denying that a single minimum wage does not always make sense. A living wage in San Luis would not be a living wage in Denver or Boulder. I do believe that minimum wages should be set around the living wage in a community as opposed to nationwide or even statewide. Minimum wage should reflect the cost of living in a community.Of course, the best answer to this problem is to ensure people have wages sufficient to afford normal housing in the community where they work. However, that may not be realistic. The state could offer incentives or breaks to developers for doing affordable developments. Home rule allows counties to require a certain percentage of affordable housing for every development built, that is not in the purview of the state. Yes This is a basic fundamental of our democracy.First we need light rail combined with bus service throughout the front range. More stations should be equipped with a lot of bicycle storage so people don’t need to own a car to get around. We need some means of reliable public transportation to the mountains, like rail or bus service. We don’t need to be building more traffic lanes, and especially not giving our public highways to private entities to profit from tolls. YesD
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Alysia PadillaHD 1R
Darrell Dinges HD 1Reducing regulations would allow for more start-up and small business to form. Allow the marketplaces not governments to set starting wage level. Allow small businesses to pool together to provide healthcare options for employees.I would consider supporting this, but I would need to see the estimated cost of this fund, and how it would be paid for.The medical industry needs to become more transparent in their services and billing practices. More competition should be allowed in the medical industry and regulation related to medicine could be streamlined. Small businesses should be allowed to pool together to obtain a group rate discount on health insurance.I would support a fund the employees and employer could contribute to for retirement. This fund could have State of Colorado oversite, but the funded would not be directly under the control of the government, similar to the way Colorado PERA is setup for public employees. Long term goal would transition working people into an invested retirement plan under employee control replacing Social Security under federal government control, and subject to government spending not benefiting contributors.Having too high of a minimum can make it difficult for people starting out in the workforce and those with less skills to find jobs. The marketplace should set wage levelsZoning decision made by local governments have made housing development more difficult and often favor higher end housing. The state level the regulations related to construction defects in multi-family housing need to be revamped.Businesses should naturally want to serve all people. If a business did not serve a certain group of people, other competing business will step in.Colorado needs to consider all available options for moving people and goods. Roadways remain a primary means of transport and new funding sources need to be developed. Rail can move large numbers of people in more developed area, and are a viable option. Employers can provide transit passes and other option to their workers.Oil and gas development should be consistent state-wide. Energy resources should developed in a way the minimizes the impacts on nearby communities.The state can give tax incentives to renewable energy sources. Encourage companies to use latest technology to reduce emmissions.A bill to study the feasability of build a passenger rail line from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs, and from Denver to Georgetown, with shuttle bus service to Vail. A bill to allow taxpayers to designate a portion of their tax payment to approved charities. Bills to support individual rights and established in U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights in 1791.L
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Yadira CaraveoHD 31As a doctor the first thing that always comes to mind for supporting Coloradans is addressing the healthcare system. The price of employer offered healthcare coverage increases every year and the system needs to be fixed so that access to medical care is not a drain on employees and employers. We must address pricing issues with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and insurance providers because every penny employers spend on healthcare is one they cannot spend on other business needs. In a similar vein paid family leave would also be beneficial to all Coloradans, including small business owners. Ensuring the health of employees and giving them the time they need to address family medical issues ensures they will be health and productive in the future. Finally, the educational system in Colorado needs to be better funded. While we have the best economy in the country we have some of the worst funded schools. Improving education funding will ensure that the future Colorado workforce is intelligent, well prepared and ready for the changes that are sure to come from advances in technology. We must also focus on tracts other than the typical K-12 to college path that we’ve all been told is for everyone. Focusing on vocational and technical training starting in high school will ensure that we have a workforce that is not burdened by student debt and is prepared for the jobs that Colorado needs now. Yes As a pediatrician I see the need for paid family leave every day in clinic as families struggle to balance work and the needs of an ill family member or a new baby. When a health emergency comes up most people do not have the savings to tide them over without working. However, having to balance work and an illness leads to poor productivity in employees and does not allow them to focus on their wellbeing or that of their families. Paid family leave allows employees to focus on their health issues knowing that they won’t lead to a lost job or bankruptcy. Healthcare is a big, complicated system and fixing it will likely need a big, complicated solution. I believe that working towards a system that provides universal health coverage will be the ultimate solution to many of our healthcare woes in the United States but getting there will likely not be easy as we currently rely on a system that is mostly privately funded by private business owners. We must start to address cost issues in particular with hospital systems, pharmaceutical companies and health insurers. The US spends an exorbitant amount of money for healthcare outcomes that are not as good as other developed countries. Placing profit over patients has created this system and until we place restrictions on this healthcare costs will continue to rise for Americans. Yes Offering such an option would reinforce the importance of saving for retirement even when this option is not employer funded for an individual. Looking into how to save for retirement is daunting however and programs like these would make it easier for people to save for retirement and provide for themselves. We should be making it easier for individuals to plan for and save for retirement. Yes A living wage differs from community to community. What a family needs to make ends meet is different between Boulder and Basalt and local communities know the needs of their members best. Wealth disparity is increasing at a tremendous level across the state and while the cost of living in Colorado rapidly increases the wages of workers have not. The minimum wage should be increased in ways that are mindful of community needs across the state and allow for local input. While growth should not be restricted in Colorado we should be mindful of the stresses the increased cost of housing is placing on Coloradans. Government working with industry to ensure that a proper percentage of affordable housing is developed as Colorado continues to grow will help ensure that building does not veer only towards developments that will ensure profits but that also provide for what Coloradans need in the housing market. Yes Individuals must be protected from discrimination of all sorts in order to ensure that they can live and work to the best of their abilities. Transportation in Colorado is creating headaches for everyone in the state. Hours spent in traffic are hours not spent working or spending time with family. We all face increased costs due to our poor infrastructure, ranging from more money spend on gas, damage to our vehicles or lost time. We must find a way to address the issues Colorado has with funding due to TABOR so that we can properly fund all the needs of the state. We also need to expand multimodal transportation because adding lanes to highways is only a temporary fix, especially as Colorado continues to grow. YES As a doctor I have experience and knowledge around the health effects of oil and gas development and this drives most of my concerns around this industry expansion. Many of the effects of oil and gas development are felt locally therefore communities should be able to address them locally. We must continue to incentivize the development and expansion of renewable sources of energy to further decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. Creating an environment that promotes development of these industries in state will protect the health of Coloradans and the economy of the future. Colorado is on track to further increase its use of renewable sources of electricity and we continue to incentivise the purchase of electric vehicles and I support continuing these policies. While I do not have specific bills developed at this time as I am focused on campaigning and winning this seat being that I will be the only doctor in the state legislature I plan on working on legislation that will lower the costs of healthcare, protect patients and move toward an expansion of access. D
Eric RutherfordHD 331. Follow the Tabor Principles so we do not get into debt. I look at Tabor as a lender when buying a home/commercial property/business loan. A financial third-party entity making sure we do not take more than we can service. 2. We need to focus on those subjects and careers that cannot be outsourced. We need to revisit the trade school and the junior colleges. For so long those have held an unjustified stigma. The current labor market that we have has little use for the uneducated and the unprepared. Long term investment in education, specially pre-kindergarten. D7 3. Work with local community planning boards to facilitate quicker decision making for development and business zoning/licensing. (As a small business owner this is something I can speak to). Try our best to limit over regulation. I do not know enough about this idea. .Encourage more insurance companies to enter the market in Colorado to increase competition to lower the costs. Right now, there are too many mandates for insurance companies to honor, therefore they are not entering our market. In some rural communities we only have on insurance provider.Yes I would, so we (government) does not have to take care of them later. But follow it up with a class on the return investment, the power of time with systematic saving of money to drive home the point about investing for the long run.No, sounds good on paper but this trigger and puts in motion negative results. From companies not hiring, computerization, paying under the table, etc. It is not that I am against giving control to the municipalities, I just oppose wage control. It distorts the market and hurts the people who it is trying to help. Having said that not enough research has been done on this. I propose lowering the requirement for a down payment from 20% to 5% for individuals who have good credit like First Responders to care for our safety and for teachers to teach our children, surely, we should feel comfortable offering them loans with a small down payment. We need to encourage residential home builders and developers to build new homes that are more affordable. The truth is a lot of the new homes being built in my district are too expensive for many families. We need a balanced stock of residential housing that meets the needs of all income levels. In order to this each community has to be willing to give on zoning variances on land that is suitable for such affordable housing projects. We have to recognize that the solution to provide a market rate house to everyone who wants one is not realistic.Yes. I am curious have you ever received a no answer on this one? This is a tough one. I do not support an increase in tax. We are going to have to dig within the budget and get private business buy in. When I go to Denver I take the bus, just because it is easier. I am going to go off on a tangent and say the future of transportation is ripe for a big change either autonomous vehicles dot a hyper loop. yesWe have to be champions of our natural resources for future generations of the unborn who cannot speak for themselves. I support Initiative 97 which would move oil and gas operations a further/safer distance (2,500 feet up from 500/1,000 feet) from playgrounds and rivers. I'm the only Republican, candidate or incumbent, who supports this Initiative in the state of Colorado. People only change when their habits have been altered. If an increase in energy costs make people turn to solar, Car pooling, elecgric vehicles, etc then that is how the goal will be achieved. We are addicted to low cost fossil fuels, and I wonder why the renewable energy has not filled this need faster. . This is a call to action question. As a former military officer and an amateur historian, countries that control energy control the future. Any Bill that deal with Pre-kindergarten education, bills that deal with the environment, bills that facilitate (not finance) job employment for the economically disadvantaged.R
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Matt GrayHD 33Well, there are more than three, but I believe that paid family leave for workers, streamlining of required paperwork and making it as easy to understand as possible, and investing in infrastructure so that businesses continue to be able to have access to great markets for their businesses.Yes As a matter of fact I did! :) I was proud to prime sponsor HB-1001 with Representative Winter and, although that bill was defeated, would definitely do so again.We need true universal health care and to have access to it funded so that the burden of worrying about affording health care premiums. We also need to address regional disparities in costs, as they hit small business the hardest.Yes I would and I have voted for that bill in committee and on the floor the past two years.YesWe need to invest in our infrastructure so that we can create more affordable housing supply without crippling commutes or lack of access to great schools, services, etc. in affordable areas. More and more people want to live in the spaces we have, and that creates upward pressure on prices. We need to make sure we invest in new projects in ways that allow new affordable projects to flourish.Absolutely, and I consistently have.We need new funding and to spend that funding intelligently. The gas tax, our dedicated source of funding has been decimated by inflation since it was frozen in 1992. We need new, dedicated funding and we need to use the best and brightest ideas to make sure we’re spending money smartly so that people of all incomes have solutions that work. This question, as described above, is intertwined with the question of affordable housing. In a metropolitan area like ours, if you don’t have good transportation, you won’t have affordable housing that allows people meaningful access to work and community.Yes. This is a very important issue in Broomfield, where we recently adopted question 301, which amended our charter to prioritize the health and safety of citizens in oil and gas development. When the Denver Post editorial board came out in opposition, I joined with former Mayor Pat Quinn to write a response in support.We need to support efforts like the plan being approved right now by Xcel to reduce coal use and increase renewables. Fortunately, renewable energy is becoming cheaper every day so renewable energy helps lower utility bills. We need to harness both the environmental and economic benefits of renewable energy to deliver a better quality of life for our citizens.