The crowd applauds as House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst's opening day speech.(Photo: Denver Business Journal)
DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Colorado lawmakers opened the 2016 legislative
session Wednesday with sharply different messages and agendas, revealing just how far apart Republicans and Democrats are on the issues this year, specifically in regard to the state’s role in business affairs.
House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Gunbarrel, announced a number of Democratic initiatives involving employer-employee relations, including measures to increase parental leave, help private-company workers save for retirement and require that men and women working at companies doing business with state agencies receive the same amount of pay for the same work. She also said House Democrats will bring back a business-opposed bill to increase taxes paid by multi-state companies that have holdings in offshore tax havens and will push a bill to create specific goals in the state’s climate action plan to reduce carbon emissions.
House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, said Republicans will restart a multi-year effort to pass a construction-defects reform bill, will try to get a measure on the 2016 ballot to sell $3.5 billion worth of transportation bonds and will oppose any effort to move revenues from the hospital provider fees into a so-called enterprise fund, which Democrats have called the key to ensuring increased transportation money. He also lamented that many of the bills that will be discussed this year are ones that GOP leaders have presented for years without success.
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