Weekly News from COBRT - November 28st, 2017
November 28, 2017
Colorado Business Roundtable's first annual Collaboration in Industry Awards Luncheon is December 7th now from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Cable Center in Denver and it is next week! 

Please join us December 7th with keynote speaker Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup and Governor John Hickenlooper as we recognize 12 extraordinary companies and organizations that have demonstrated collaboration in Colorado. Space is filling up so don't miss out on this event. 

The battle over who will lead a prominent federal consumer watchdog agency escalated Monday, with dueling leaders each claiming control before a federal judge during a chaotic day of public appearances and maneuvering. 

By the end of the day, it was still unclear who was the true acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - President Trump's pick of White House budget director Mick Mulvaney or one of the agency's longtime executives, Leandra English. 

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Doug Friednash will leave his role as the Governor's Chief of Staff to rejoin the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. Patrick Meyers will replace Friednash as Chief of Staff. 

iMarch For Immigration
This December 7th, New American Economy and Colorado Business Roundtable will be hosting an event to help Congress prepare to take action on the DREAM Act this winter. With the help from leaders in agriculture, business, education, manufacturing, tech, faith, hospitality and tourism, military, political leadership, Dreamers, and other key constituencies, our goal is to engage policymakers from both parties and demonstrate the overwhelming bipartisan support for immigration reform. 

Join us on December 7th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Student Success Building, 890 Auraria Parkway, Room 440A, Denver, CO 80204 to discuss what we need to do to support Dreamers. 

Contact Lisa Gregg if you would like to attend. 
President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans scrambled Monday to make changes to a Republican tax bill in an effort to win over holdout GOP senators and pass a tax package by the end of the year. 

The City Council signed off Monday on a $162 million operations and maintenance contract for Denver International Airport's underground train that comes with promises to boost the system's reliability. 

DIA officials also plan to expand the system's capacity by 2020, with the net addition of 10 train cars to the transportation system linking the concourses to the terminal. But those were not part of the seven-year contract with Bombardier Transportation Holdings USA, the original manufacturer. 

Colorado Business Roundtable Events 2018
Here are the upcoming 2018 events for Colorado Business Roundtable that you want to put in your calendar. 

Republican Governor Candidate Debate
February 21st, 2018
7:00 am to 9:00 am 
History Colorado

Colorado Gives A  Damn
March 6th, 2018
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Falls Event Center

Citizens for Space
March 21st, 2018

Democratic Governor Candidate Debate
March 29th, 2018
7:00 am to 9:00 am 
History Colorado

Higher Education Forum
April 4th, 2018
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
History Colorado

Contact Lisa Gregg to learn more about the events, sponsorship opportunities,  and how to register. 
Whatever you want to call it, Bitcoin is on an extraordinary run, with the price of a single Bitcoin crossing $10,000 on some exchanges for the first time Monday - less than two months after it crossed $5,000 for the first time. 

It is a bull market with few precedents in recent investing history. The Dow Jones industrial average, in its biggest year, 1915, went up 82 percent, or one-tenth as much as Bitcoin has gone up this year. Amazon's red-hot stock is up only one-fifteenth as much as Bitcoin this year. 

Escaping scrutiny in the debates on both tax reform and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act has been a looming excise tax that will be imposed on all health insurance premiums sold by large insurance companies beginning in January. 

Known officially as the Health Insurance Provider Fee and colloquially as the health insurance tax, or HIT, the tax will cost large insurance companies $13 billion in 2018 and increase gradually every year until it reaches $21 billion in 2027. 

Last week Jeff met with the new Mexican Consul General in Denver. Berenice Rendon-Talavera assumed the position on April 28th, 2017. 

During the election, Donald Trump campaigned on an "American First" philosophy - less foreign intervention, fairer trade deals and stronger borders. The Trump administration has made changes on several U.S. policies related to those issues, in some cases reversing President Barack Obama's signature achievements. 

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