Last weekend, the Denver Business Journal’s Ed Sealover reviewed interviews conducted with seven Democrat legislators who were elected in 2012’s most competitive races to see how their promises on pro-growth issues tied to their votes and sponsorships this year. Sadly, but not unexpectedly, these lawmakers’ actions were largely hostile to the interests of job creators in our state.
Andy Kerr: Supported a bill to place a $1 billion tax hike on the ballot this year; co-sponsored a bill that required state contractors to hire at least 80 percent of their employees from Colorado (not the first time Democrat lawmakers looked to meddle in private sector HR policies).
Evie Hudak: Worked to kill a measure to let companies submit statements on how a particular bill’s fiscal impact affects them.
Brittany Pettersen: The only bill that Pettersen co-sponsored that was related to business was a requirement for the Secretary of State to find out if new businesses filing for licenses were minority-owned.
Tracy Kraft-Tharp: Like Hudak, helped kill a measure to let companies submit statements on how a bill’s fiscal impact would affect their business or businesses.
Daniel Kagan: Worked to promote a bill to expand damages available in discrimination lawsuits filed against small businesses. According to the DBJ, business lobbyists felt that this bill was one of the worst in the entire session.
Linda Newell: Worked to increase regulations against the oil and gas industry.
Max Tyler: Worked with Kagan and other Democrat lawmakers on the bill to increase damages against small businesses in cases filed for discrimination.
All of these Democrat lawmakers were elected last year in tight races, with some failing to claim a majority vote in their districts due to third party candidates on the ballot. Unfortunately, all of them promoted measures that harmed job creators and our fragile economic recovery.