DENVER, Colo., Dec. 10, 2013—A prospective employee’s criminal history should be fair game in making a hiring decision, says a result from a poll of Colorado small-business owners released today by their largest representative organization. Other issues in the survey included responses to questions on increasing the fuel tax and on fracking.
Commenting on the results, Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, said, “I expect the issue of criminal history and further attempts to impose restrictions on Colorado’s energy industry to surface when the Legislature sits down for business in January. Extending the state’s sales tax to labor and services is a perennial discussion which now might be joined by a discussion regarding increasing either the fuel tax or sales tax, but the lopsided opposition to it from the people Colorado needs to turn its economy around will have lawmakers taking notice.”
Every year the National Federation of Independent Business polls its members on state and national issues vital to their ability to own, operate and grow their enterprises. Results from the poll center NFIB’s lobbying positions in Washington, D.C. and in Denver. NFIB has 7,500 members in Colorado and releases its annual results after a statistically valid sample is reached. The 2014 NFIB State Member Ballot asked four questions:
Would you support an increase in the fuel tax if it was less than 10 cents per gallon, to pay for roads and bridges?
Yes 19 percent
No 75 percent
Und. 6 percent
Should Colorado increase the minimum cost of stop-loss insurance for self-insured businesses?
Yes 5 percent
No 67 percent
Und. 28 percent
Should employers be prohibited from considering an applicant’s criminal history until after the interview process has concluded?
Yes 7 percent
No 89 percent
Und. 4 percent
Should Colorado impose prohibitions on the use of fracking technology in the development of energy resources?
Yes 8 percent
No 82 percent
Und. 10 percent
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America's economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
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1580 Logan St. Suite 520
Denver, CO 80203