Comment on Governor’s State-of-the-State Speech

Date: January 17, 2022

Small business heard some positive notes in chief executive’s address

DENVER, Jan. 13, 2022—From Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business on Gov. Jared Polis’ State-of-the-State speech this morning.

“In the main, small businesses were glad to hear the governor gets it, that now is not the time to increase taxes, impose fees, or add a new regulatory burden. And, in fact, he seems to understand that now is the time to initiate a few pro-business actions such as making it free for Coloradans to start their own businesses, delaying implementation of the paid leave program, and reducing the cost to employers of repairing the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund.

“In a state as diverse as Colorado, we realize the governor has many constituencies to consider, and in today’s speech he did show a little of his entrepreneurial roots, which gives us some comfort—for now.”

Attention News Editors

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Contact: Tony Gagliardi, Colorado State Director, [email protected],
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

Keep up with the latest Colorado small-business news at or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_CO or on Facebook @NFIB.CO


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