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Jimmy SengenbergerJimmy SengenbergerNovember 20, 20176min623

Tax reform is all the rage right now, just as it should be.  We have a complex web called the tax code that is nearly 75,000 pages long, including all the guidelines.  At 39.1%, our corporate tax rate – combining federal and state – is the highest in the industrialized world.  And our individual tax system is punitive and burdensome.  This structure cries out for change.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 18, 20172min575

Look who’s back in town. Sen. Cory Gardner, once vilified by liberals for not holding big, rally-style town hall meetings where they could yell at him, is holding his sixth since August Monday in Pueblo.

The gathering with the Republican senator from Yuma, is at the Pueblo Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the doors opening at 10:30 a.m. The Convention Center is located at 320 Central Main St. in Pueblo, which is just off Interstate 25.

Senate Republicans are working on a highly contentious tax system overhaul that Democrats contend is aimed at gutting social services and programs such as Medicaid to provide tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. Gardner is likely to counter Monday that it’s a simplified tax code that levels the playing field for wage earners and small businesses alike.

Monday’s forum is actually a make-good event after he had to cancel a town hall meeting there in October, when he was called away to be part of a delegation that toured the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico.

But just in case, Gardner’s office cautioned in a press advisory Friday, “Date and time are subject to change per Senate schedule.”



Tom RamstackTom RamstackNovember 16, 20177min427
WASHINGTON — Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner set off an angry response from environmentalists this week with his vote to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Gardner is a member of the Senate committee that approved a bill to sell leases to oil companies that want to drill along Alaska’s northeast coast. […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 16, 20173min883

A lot of the workaday tax credits and deductions that businesses routinely use to trim Uncle Sam’s take are still off-limits to Colorado’s legal marijuana enterprises. That would change under legislation Colorado Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner signed onto this week as a co-sponsor.

As noted in a press release from Gardner’s office, the legislation, introduced by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, would “ensure marijuana businesses legally operating in Colorado and other states that have legalized the sale of marijuana are able to utilize common business tax deductions and credits, such as those for normal business expenses or for hiring veterans.”

The legislation underscores the continued rift over legal marijuana between the Trump administration and states like Colorado, and it highlights once again the irony of conservative Republicans like Gardner moving to shore up states’ rights on the matter in the face of opposition from conservative Republican U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Despite the administration push-back, Gardner, quoted in the announcement by his office, comes across as an unflinching champion of free-market marijuana who might as well be saying, “Jeff who?”

“Our current tax code puts thousands of legal marijuana businesses throughout Colorado at a disadvantage by treating them differently than other businesses across the state … Coloradans made their voices heard in 2012 when they legalized marijuana and it’s time for the federal government to allow Colorado businesses to compete. This commonsense, bipartisan bill will allow small businesses in Colorado and other states that have legal marijuana businesses to grow their operations, create jobs, and boost the economy.”

The press release also notes bipartisan accolades for Gardner’s embrace of the legislation:

“I commend Senator Gardner for fighting for Colorado’s small businesses,” said Sal Pace, former Democratic Leader in the Colorado State House and sitting Pueblo County Commissioner. “By sponsoring S.777, Senator Gardner is saying that he wants to put millions of dollars back into Colorado’s economy. This is a watershed moment. We don’t hear of a lot of bipartisanship these days. But, this Democrat wants to publicly thank Senator Gardner for his leadership.”


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 16, 20174min573

On behalf of the Colorado Nonprofit Association, I want to share that the Colorado Nonprofit Association board of directors has officially stated its opposition to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (H.R. 1) now pending in Congress. Our board’s official statement can be found here: https://www.coloradononprofits.org/news/colorado-nonprofit-association-opposes-house-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act/nov-13-2017