By South Metro Denver Chamber President & CEO Bob Golden
Businesses across the state are reserving judgment on what a Democratic State Legislature and Governorship might mean for their companies. I have to admit, I too am itching to see how the change plays out. I always prefer a more balanced government situation because I feel checks and balances benefit everyone.
But we are where we are. Democrats now control the Colorado House, Senate and governorship. As successful business people always do, we at the Chamber will take success where we can find it (understanding that success sometimes means a measure we opposed didn’t pass).
We are ready to continue our good relationship with Governor-Elect Polis. We worked successfully with him when he was in Congress and found he and his staff were always responsive to our calls and emails. The relationship we’ve established by keeping an open line of communication with him gives us confidence our voice will continue to be heard.
As we were before the election, we’re especially concerned about what the Legislature and Governor can get done on the issue of transportation funding. With the failure of both Propositions 109 and 110, Colorado still has to figure out how it’s going to fund improvements for its aging traffic infrastructure. This is critical for the state’s businesses, and for the quality of life of all Coloradans.
While we’re relieved that Proposition 112, the oil/gas setbacks measure, failed, we expect this issue will be back before the Legislature in one form or another. Hopefully, the message the voters gave in rejecting this measure will be fully considered by legislators as they consider any future rules regarding oil and gas production in our state.
I’ll end this blog with another hope, that is that the Democrats consider the wisdom in working with their Republican counterparts as they shape laws and policy. History has shown us on the state and national level that parties that overreach are harshly judged during the next election. The overreaching doesn’t serve their constituents well either.