Bill introduced would form tax simplification task force for Colorado Email
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Simplify CO Sales Tax On February 28, 2017, Colorado House Bill 17-1216 was introduced. The bill “creates the sales and use tax simplification task force made up of legislative members and state and local sales and use tax experts. The bill requires the task force to study sales and use tax simplification between the state and local governments, and in particular between the state and home rule jurisdictions.”

GreenCO/ALCC issue position statement on construction defects reform Email
Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM

www.greenco.orgPosition Statement: Construction Defects Legislation - 2017

Colorado’s housing market has not kept pace with the demand for affordable homes among first-time homebuyers and others with a modest or fixed income. Rising housing costs and soaring rents are now pricing many Coloradans out of the market. Yet, condos and townhomes, which have always provided a pathway to homeownership for renters, now represent a small fraction of Colorado’s housing market.

New H-2B bill introduced 03-20-17 Email
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 01:00 PM

H-2B program update

Congressman Jak Bergman, a new Republican Member from Michigan, introduced HR 1627 on Monday. Other cosponsors of the bill include: Reps. Keating (D-MA), Meehan (R-PA), Comstock (R-VA), Weber (R-TX), Stewart (R-UT) and Pingree (D-ME). A copy of the bill can be found here.  Representatives of the H-2B Workforce Coalition met with Bergman's staff on March 21. The bill is basically an authorizing bill that uses that same statutory language as the FY 2017 appropriations bill. It would be, if passed and signed into law, a one-time fix for fiscal year 2017. It would not likely be moved in the House as a stand-alone bill and would need to be attached to other legislation. We are pleased that Congressman Bergman has taken this initiative on behalf of his constituents who use the H-2B program.

Thank your reps for H-2B support Email
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:00 AM

H-2B program update

Thank you to those who reached out to your elected officials about the H-2B letters that Representatives Harris and Tillis were spearheading. A third letter was sent last week to the Department of Homeland Security by Senators Collins (R-ME) and King (I-ME).

Please take some time to thank your representatives for signing the letters. In Colorado, that includes Representatives Jared Polis, Ken Buck, Mike Coffman, and Scott Tipton for signing the Harris Letter; and Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner for signing the Tillis letter. Urge them to continue to ask their party leaders to pass H-2B cap relief quickly as part of appropriations or any other appropriate legislation. 

H-2B penalties increased for inflation Email
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 12:00 AM

H-2B program updateU.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) (collectively, “the Departments”) have jointly issuing a final rule, posted on the Federal Register on Friday, March 17, 2017, to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties for H-2B program violtations. The rule would bring the penalties up to 2017 standards and would be effective on any penalties assessed on or after March 17, 2017.

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