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Bill introduced would form tax simplification task force for Colorado Email
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 02:00 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.”

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GreenCO/ALCC issue position statement on construction defects reform Email
Thursday, March 23, 2017 02:00 AM

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

Background
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.

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

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Thank your reps for H-2B support Email
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 02:00 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. 

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H-2B penalties increased for inflation Email
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 02:00 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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Support H-2B with a video to your representatives Email
Friday, March 17, 2017 12:15 PM


H-2B program updateFrom the H-2B Workforce Coalition:
 

Important H-2B Twitter a Campaign – Your Videos are Needed!

Tweet a video to your Senators and Representative using#SaveH2B. You can find their twitter addresses at: https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress/members. Find your Colorado reps on this form

We hope that all H-2B users will use their mobile phones to create a 30-60 second video urging Congress to address the H-2B Cap. Please tweet the videos directly to your lawmakers and include #saveH2B. The H-2B Workforce Coalition will also share some of the videos on our Facebook page. Please include the following information in your video: 

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H-2B cap hit for 2nd half of FY 2017 Email
Friday, March 17, 2017 02:00 AM


H-2B program updateFrom the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

H-2B Cap Hit! Act Now to #SaveH2B

This evening, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the 33,000 H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal 2017 was reached on March 13. According to DHS, March 13, 2017 is the "final receipt date" for H-2B worker petitions for fiscal year 2017. The "final receipt date" is the date on which USCIS determines that it has received enough cap-subject petitions to reach the annual limit of 66,000 H-2B workers. The following petitions are exempt from the cap:

  • Current H-2B workers in the U.S. petitioning to extend their stay and, if applicable, change the terms of their employment or change their employers;
  • Fish roe processors, fish roe technicians and/or supervisors of fish roe processing; and
  • Workers performing labor or services from November 28, 2009, until December 31, 2019, in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam.

What Can You Do?
This is a long list but we hope all H-2B employers will do each of the items below
to help compel quick Congressional action!

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H-2B fly-in postponed (3/13/17) Email
Monday, March 13, 2017 02:00 AM


H-2B program updateUPDATE: The H-2B fly-in schedule for March 14 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 21 due to expected severe weather in Washington, DC. The Facebook event page is the best place to visit for the most up-to-date information.


Practical Employee Solutions (PES) has organized a fly-in to support the H-2B visa program. Supporters will spend the day meeting with legislators to discuss concerns about the program.

PES has created a Facebook event page to share information about the fly-in. Participants are asked to RSVP to [email protected].

ALCC members participating in this event can contact ALCC at 303 757-5611 if you would like help setting appointments with your representatives.

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H-2B visa program updated cap count (3-9-17) Email
Thursday, March 09, 2017 04:00 PM
H-2B action needed

Update from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Fiscal Year 2017 H-2B Cap Count

On January 12, 2017, USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap of 33,000 H-2B workers for the first half of FY 2017. January 10, 2017 is the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting employment start dates before April 1, 2017. USCIS will reject new H-2B petitions received after the final receipt date that request an employment start date before April 1, 2017.

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H-2B fly-in on 3/14/17 Email
Thursday, March 09, 2017 02:00 AM


H-2B program updatePractical Employee Solutions (PES) has organized a fly-in to support the H-2B visa program. Supporters will spend the day--Tuesday, March 14, 2017--meeting with legislators to discuss concerns about the program.

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Letters submitted by elected officials supporting H-2B (3-6-17) Email
Monday, March 06, 2017 02:00 AM


H-2B program updateThanks for everyone who reached out to their elected officials about the H-2B letters that Rep. Harris and Senator Tillis were spearheading. Those letters were submitted, along with a letter sent to DHS by Senators Collins (R-ME) and King (I-ME). If your elected officials signed these letters please reach out and thank them and 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. If your Senators and Representative did not sign these letters, please reach out again and urge them to ask their party leaders to pass H-2B cap relief quickly as part of appropriations or any other appropriate legislation. 

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Calls needed about H-2B letter (2/28/17) Email
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

From the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Senator Tillis (R-NC) and others plan to send a bipartisan letter to DHS asking the Department for an audit of the H-2B cap count for the first half of the fiscal year and asking that any unused H-2B visas be made immediately available.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) and others plans to send a letter to DOL asking it to address processing delays.

Both Senator Tillis and Dr. Harris are asking other offices to sign onto the letters by the close of business today, February 28.

Please reach out to your Senators about the Tillis letter and your Representatives about the Harris letter and see if they are interested in signing it.  If they are, they need to contact either Senator Tillis' office or Rep. Harris' office tomorrow. Find contact infor for your Colorado representatives here .

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Grassroots help need to save H-2B visa program (2/17/17) Email
Friday, February 17, 2017 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

From the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

The H-2B Workforce Coalition continues to urge Congress to renew the H-2B returning worker exemption so that seasonal businesses will not be shut out of the H-2B program in the spring and summer. We need your continued to help in urging Congress to act on this critical issue. You can use the provided talking points when reaching out to your Representative and Senators. 

Congress will be on recess all next week, which means lawmakers will be back in their home states.  Many elected officials will have listening sessions or town hall meetings. If your Representative or Senator has a public meeting, please consider attending and raising the importance of renewing the H-2B returning worker exemption. It is also a good time to make an appointment to meet with your elected officials to meet in their district offices.

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