Small Businesses Face a Big Hurdle, but Democrats Kill the Happy Medium

DENVER – This afternoon, Senate Democrats killed Senator Rob Woodward’s (R-Loveland) Senate Bill 19-131, which would have simplified and reduced sales tax remittances for small business owners. The bill exempts Colorado businesses that sell less than $100,000 worth of goods in any sales tax jurisdiction (outside of their own) from having to collect those taxes, an issue that arises when a small business has to collect dozens of different rates in different areas for small amounts.

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Senator Cooke Issues Response to Killing of Senate Bill 53

DENVER – This afternoon, Senate Democrats killed Senate Bill 19-053, Assistant Minority Leader John Cooke’s (R-Greeley) legislation to ban the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission from implementing California emissions standards – or any other standards that exceed those issued by the federal government.

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Senator Sonnenberg Introduces Ballot Measure to Fund Schools

DENVER – This afternoon, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) introduced a resolution to place a ballot measure on the 2020 ballot to allow the General Assembly to transfer lottery proceeds from Greater Outdoors Colorado fund to the state’s education fund.

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Democrats Kill Legislation to Give Teachers Tax Relief

DENVER – Senate Democrats killed Senator Owen Hill’s (R-Colorado Springs) Senate Bill 19-060, which would have increased the tax credit for educators who purchase supplies for their classrooms – from $250 to $750.

The legislation, which was supported by the Colorado Education Association, had a tumultuous journey as Senate Democrats refused to hear testimony during its first-scheduled committee hearing on January 31st. Teachers who arrived to testify in favor of the legislation were turned away, only to be unable to attend a second-scheduled hearing during the school day.

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Senator Cooke Responds to CADA Lawsuit

DENVER - This morning, Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley) responded to the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association lawsuit regarding Colorado's adoption of California low-emission vehicle standards.

"I strongly support the lawsuit filed this week by the 260 members of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association on behalf of their customers, their employees, and Colorado taxpayers.

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Senate Democrats Buck Polis, Kill Effort to Lower Taxes

DENVER – This afternoon, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee killed Senator Jerry Sonnenberg’s (R-Sterling) Senate Bill 19-055, which would lower Colorado’s income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.49%.

“I believe that Coloradans can spend that money better than the State of Colorado can,” said Senator Sonnenberg. “Apparently, Democrats on the Finance committee do not agree with that sentiment.”

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Change of Heart: Safe Haven Education Bill Moves Forward

Photo: Linda Prudhomme, Executive Director of Colorado Safe Haven for Newborns, testifies to the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on January 16th, 2018 in favor of Senate Bill 19-025.

DENVER – Just a week after Senate Democrats “played games with a life-saving bill,” according to a Gazette Editorial, it seems that hearts have changed. Senate Bill 19-025, Senator Jim Smallwood’s (R-Parker) bill to ensure the teaching of the Safe Haven law in Colorado schools passed through the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee last night in a unanimous vote – and it won’t be contingent on any other legislation.

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Colorado Democrats Push Popular Vote Bill Through Committee, Disenfranchising Colorado Voters

DENVER – This evening, Democrats on the Colorado Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted to advance Senator Mike Foote’s (D-Boulder) SB19-042, which would enroll Colorado in the National Popular Vote Compact, awarding Colorado’s electoral votes to the Presidential candidate who wins the majority of the national popular vote, as opposed to who wins the majority of the vote in Colorado.

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Colorado Senate Republicans Elect Rankin to Joint Budget Committee, Shuffle Other Committees

DENVER – This morning, Senate Republicans held a caucus meeting to accept the resignation of Senator Dennis Hisey (R-Fountain) from the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) to make way for Senator-elect Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale). The vote to elect Senator-elect Rankin to the JBC was unanimous.

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Democrats Say No to Bus Rides and Teacher Bonuses

DENVER – This afternoon, Senate Democrats on the Senate Education Committee voted to move forward with legislation to eliminate transportation options for students living in poverty, alongside voting against providing bonuses for teachers for good performance.

Senate Bill 39, proposed by Democratic Senators Tammy Story and Rachel Zenzinger, reverses legislation from the 2018 session that allows school districts to pick up and drop off students that have transferred from out of their district.

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