Legislative Wins and Losses in 2011
Another good jobs bill I introduced is HB-1266, which would have helped entrepreneurs trying to start new business in Colorado to get seed funds by creating a private securities market connecting local investors to local businesses. I worked with experienced entrepreneurs who were Republicans, independents and Democrats, to come up with ideas for identifying and filling the biggest gap in our struggling jobs market – the lack of credit for small businesses to hire. But the bill was killed 6-7 in committee anyway. I am continuing to work on a plan for to promote these concepts.
HB-1132, “On-Bill Weatherization,” would have allowed utility companies to make low-interest loans to homeowners for them to build energy-saving structural improvements, and then the homeowners could repay the loan on the bill itself from their reduced utility costs. This was a win-win bill designed to save energy, help the environment, lower costs for home owners and put construction workers and contractors to work.
All three of these bills died on party-line votes in committees, even though I said I was willing to hear any suggestion or compromise from colleagues to get their support for the jobs bills. Yes, party politics do exist – yet I am reminded what we share in common when I think of what we did pass, with help from both sides of the aisle. I have many Republican collagues in the legislature I consider to be friends.