Weekly News from COBRT - February 12, 2019
February 12, 2019
Much of the 2019 legislative session will focus on the revival of business-aimed bills that have died in the past two years, dealing with subjects from paid family leave to oil/gas regulation to the ability of local governments to increase the minimum wage. But this week, the Colorado Senate will begin debate on a topic that has hung over the Legislature for the past two decades since Republicans first attacked the issue under former Gov. Bill Owens - caps on damages awarded in lawsuits. And the first effort in this area is coming from the No. 2 Democrats in each chamber, Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg of Boulder and House Majority Leader Alec Garnett of Denver. 

The Denver teachers union strike started this morning after negotiations with the school district broke down over the weekend. So what is the strike all about? The union opposes the bonus and incentive system that rewards teachers for teaching in high-poverty schools. Instead, they want to redistribute the incentives to all teachers' pay. 

Ahead of President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday, Business Roundtable CEOs highlighted policy priorities needed to "support strong, sustained economic growth." In a statement, Business Roundtable Chairman Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Chase, described the United States as a global leader where all Americans have the opportunity to succeed. "But our country risks jeopardizing these advantages if we don't address fundamental inequities and the most pressing challenges facing our society," Dimon said, calling for reforms to education, infrastructure, immigration and regulation. Also featured in the statement were CEO chairs of Business Roundtable policy committees: Mike Burke of AECOM; Greg Hayes of UTC; Tom Linebarger of Cummins; Chuck Robbins of Cisco; Ginni Rometty of IBM and Randall Stephenson of AT&T.

In an open letter to President Trump and members of the 116th Congress, Business Roundtable President & CEO Joshua Bolten outlined six policies where business and government can work together to achieve economic progress: increase education and career opportunities; secure U.S. leadership on innovation; protect consumer data privacy; invest in U.S. infrastructure; modernize the U.S. immigration system; and expand economic opportunity through free and fair trade.

Please join Colorado Business Roundtable for the State of Higher Education Forum on April 11th, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at History Colorado.

Join us as we hear from leaders in the higher education industry discuss their successful business partnerships, changes that need to happen in order to be more nimble and agile, how higher education is meeting the needs of the industry, and what is the value proposition for students. 

Transportation options and carefully planned development were both driving forces in Kiewit Corp.'s decision to create a regional office in Lone Tree, according to government leaders. "We are attracting top-tier businesses," Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet said. The Omaha, Nebraska-based Fortune 500 construction and engineering company announced on its new office near the Charles Schwab campus and Sky Ridge Medical Center Thursday. 

Last week was the NASA Day of Remembrance, an opportunity for Americans everywhere to reflect on the service of the men and women of NASA who helped lead our nation into the heavens and never came home. We are inspired by all those who have dedicated their time and talent to exploring the universe, discovering the mysteries of creation, and pushing the boundaries of human potential. But on this occasion, we pay special tribute to the heroic sacrifice of those who have lost their lives throughout our ascent into the starts. 

The Colorado story resonates well in Texas, whose residents enjoy visiting the state and whose business leaders increasingly see Colorado as a strategic partner. The EARTHx Colorado Pavilion is designed to showcase the innovative products and services of Colorado based companies, NGO's, government agencies, research facilities and academic institutions. It's a unique B to C and B to B opportunity. Contact Richard Eidlin at richard.eidlin@eidlin.com if interested. 

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