Weekly News from COBRT - December 18, 2018
December 18, 2018
Gov. John Hickenlooper preferred to stand up during a chat in his office about what he's done right and what he's leaving for Colorado's next Democratic governor, Jared Polis. His back was sore, he said, from moving boxes of his stuff out of the governor's mansion - stuff in storage, pretty much, since Colorado's first family had continued to reside in his private home in Park Hill. Polis and his family will say put in their home in Boulder, rather than living in the free lodging the people provide. 

Apple is doubling down on its commitment to high-tech jobs and its workforce nationwide, and that includes more jobs in Colorado. The iPhone maker on Thursday announced plans for a $1 billion, 5,000-job campus in Austin, Texas, but added it has plans to add tech jobs in a number of cities, including Boulder, Pittsburgh and New York. 

Policymakers should try to understand public opposition to international trade deals, Business Roundtable President & CEO Joshua Bolten said in a panel discussion Thursday on a new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, "U.S. Foreign Policy for the Middle Class: Perspectives From Ohio." The Administration has recognized the public's concerns about economic security, Bolten said, calling for opening the international trading system while countering China's policies that threaten that system. 

This holiday season we need to remember to do our best to support those that are in need, displaced and grieving. We are raising money for North Valley Community Foundation, and any donation will help make impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much. 
The current size and continued growth of the digital economy requires a new approach to consumer privacy. The more than 200 members of the Business Roundtable - CEOs of America's leading companies representing nearly every sector of the U.S. economy - have come together to send a clear message to Congress: to protect consumers, promote innovation and advance U.S. competitiveness, the United States urgently needs a comprehensive national privacy law. 

The Administration's plans to scale back a program that allows temporary employment for foreign-born university students and recent graduates would cost 443,000 jobs over the next decade, including 255,000 jobs held by U.S.-born workers, a new Business Roundtable study finds. The analysis shows how proposed restrictions and caps on Optional Practical Training (OPT) would reduce program participation, all with negative economic effects. "Embracing high-skilled talent from everywhere creates opportunities for U.S. workers and businesses," said Chuck Robbins, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco and Chair of the Immigration Committee, in a release.

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