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

Date: January 18, 2023

Nothing was said to allay the anxieties of businesses. In fact, business wasn’t mentioned at all.

Contact: Tony Gagliardi, Colorado State Director, 303-325-6243, [email protected],
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, 415-640-5156, [email protected]

DENVER, Jan. 18, 2023—From Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), following Gov. Jared Polis’s State-of-the-State yesterday morning at the State Capitol.

“After special invitations were sent to business groups, including NFIB, to attend the State of the State address, it would have been nice to hear the governor talk of what he proposes to assist Colorado’s small businesses get back on dry ground.

“My organization was hoping to hear that the Colorado regulatory albatross would be loosened around the necks of business owners. The governor could have shared his position on the many bills being introduced that continue to interfere in the employer/employee relationship. That would have shored up our governor’s self-assessment of being pro-business, but it was not to be.

“’Colorado’s precious water supply’ was discussed, however, but in terms of new homes and communities. No mention of the needed water being taken from agricultural operations in the state, translated that means the family farm.

“After one hour and fifteen minutes, he ended his State of the State speech without a mention of the important role Colorado’s business community, large or small, plays. Even Colorado’s agriculture community failed to receive a mention.”

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For nearly 80 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit

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Denver, CO 80203
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