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

Date: January 11, 2018

Governor Hickenlooper left small business still wondering about the next steps on regulatory reform

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

DENVER, Colo., Jan. 11, 2018—Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, today, issued the following comment on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s State-of-the-State speech.

“The governor can take some credit for starting the state down the long road to a sensible regulatory environment. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, but business owners didn’t hear from him about the next steps in his State-of-the-State speech.

“Small business welcomes the door he opened for the long overdue discussion about the albatross around the necks of rural Colorado: their tax bases. And, his desire to move our education system from degree-based training to skills-based training is worthy of real consideration since there are already jobs for those who know how to weld or operate a milling machine, but finding qualified applicants is a big problem.”

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