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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxOctober 29, 201817min1756

Reality is catching up with the “ban fracking” and “keep it in the ground” groups behind Proposition 112. It started early last week, when the famously progressive New York Times applied some scrutiny to Prop 112. The Times correctly labeled 112 as an “anti-fracking” measure and an “extreme” one at that. But more importantly, the Times story gave working families in the energy sector a chance to defend their jobs and reputations from the fiercely negative and personal attacks of the Prop 112 campaign.


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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxAugust 23, 201811min1095

Investors: Don’t buy what political activists are trying to sell you in Colorado. I’m surprised this reminder is even necessary, given how anti-oil and gas ballot measures collapsed in 2014 and 2016. But according to the Denver Business Journal, this month’s signature submittal for anti-oil and gas Initiative 97 “rattled some investors,” with a $3 billion drop in the combined market value of some of Colorado’s largest energy companies observed in the days afterward.


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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxMay 14, 201811min1430

What is the purpose of state government: To provide basic services to the public, or ever-increasing amounts of money to pension funds? That’s the question Colorado taxpayers will be asking today, tomorrow and long into the future after the passage of SB-200, a reform-and-bailout bill for the state’s public pension system. Passed just minutes before the end of this year’s legislative session, the bill aims to fix a $32 billion unfunded liability at the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA), the state’s pension fund manager.