Weekly News from COBRT - January 8, 2019
January 8, 2019

Thank you for everyone who attended the luncheon with Governor Hickenlooper this past week. We were honored to have him give his last public speech as Governor of Colorado to the Denver Forum and Colorado Business Roundtable.  Thank you Governor Hickenlooper for all that you have done as Governor of Colorado these past eight years. To see a video highlighting some of his accomplishments, please click here

As 2019 starts off, the Colorado Business Roundtable is excited to announce our newest partnership with Bank of Colorado. We are honored to have your support and we look forward to working with you. 
The first bills that rolled out from the Colorado Legislature this year addressed some of the issues business leaders expected - particularly paid family leave and the "ban-the-box" effort - but also touched on subjects ranging from digital tokens to beer sales to local authority to dictate the types of to-go food containers that retail restaurants must use. 

Colorado officials have been down the road of trying to fund additional funding for transportation before. But never have they been as far apart on solutions as they are to start the 2019 legislative session. When the House and Senate gavel in for the start of the annual 120-day session at 10 a.m. today, Democratic and Republican leaders will proclaim the need to increase transportation-infrastructure resources is a major priority, along with education funding and health-care reform of various stripes, for their caucuses. Officials acknowledged as much during Thursday's Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce/Colorado Competitive Council Legislative Preview Breakfast, with House Speaker K.C. Becker and Senate Assistant Minority Leader John Cooke placing additional infrastructure investment at the top of their to-do list before the Legislature adjourns on May 3. 

State of Higher Education Forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 11th, 2019. MORE INFORMATION TO COME! 
As Western Governors have become increasingly active and effective, it has become correspondingly more difficult to condense their annual accomplishments into a Top Ten list. It would be easier to identify their top 50 or 100 achievements; winnowing the list to ten is much more challenging. Be that as it may, I am pleased to present the 2018 Top Ten list of Western Governors' accomplishments, projects and activities. 

In new Colorado House Speaker K.C. Becker's opening-day address Friday, she singled out a paid family-leave program as the first initiative she called upon the Legislature to pass. Just moments later, House Minority Leader Patrick Neville said his caucus vehemently would oppose what he called "an expensive and involuntary...program that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars."

The Catalyst Space Accelerator is now recruiting for our third cohort, to begin in April 2019, focused on innovative Resilient Commercial Space Communications. Catalyst Space Accelerator is seeking established startups and small businesses with commercial solutions to expand, enhance, reinforce, and improve current space communication capabilities. The focus will be on developing novel concepts and prototypes for solutions that will support complimentary and trusted solutions for space communication.

Colorado's economy, climate change, transportation, education and gun violence are top priorities for Colorado House Democrats this year, newly-appointed House Speaker KC Becker said Friday on the opening day of the Colorado General Assembly's 2019 session. Becker outlined her priorities just minutes after she was elected as speaker of the House, the fourth woman to hold that position. 

Opening day in the Colorado state Senate began with lots of families and friends and the usual pomp and circumstance. Still, there were a few departures from the norm in Friday's first day of the 2019 legislation session. Incoming Senate President Leroy Garcia of Pueblo made it an unofficial "Pueblo Day", with a color guard from his hometown, singers presenting the National Anthem,and the invocation given by a priest from one of the local churches where Garcia can be found on Sundays, playing the piano for mass. 

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 312,000 in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, a number well above consensus estimates. The unemployment rate ticked up to 3.9 percent, while the labor force participation rate increased to 63.1 percent. Annual wage growth improved to 3.2 percent, tied for the fastest growth since 2009. 

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