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March 20, 2012 03:05 AM UTC

Twilight Zone--How Would This Bill Have "Killed Jobs?"

  • by: Colorado Pols

Please, help us understand this release today from Colorado House Republicans:

House panel stops another job-killing mandate

Republicans on House Local Government Committee stopped a Democrat sponsored bill that would have killed jobs and further harmed Colorado’s ailing economy.

Senate Bill 003, sponsored by state Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins, would have unnecessarily limited an employer’s ability to obtain background information, including consumer credit information.

“The last thing job creators need during this recession is government telling them who they can and cannot hire,” said Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Grand Junction, who chairs the House Local Government Committee.  “This bill is just further evidence that Democrats don’t have any idea what it takes to create jobs.”

Now folks, we talked about this bill last month before it passed the Senate. Senate Bill 12-003, despite what this release falsely claims, only dealt with consumer credit information. And far from placing a “mandate” on business, which by any contemporary definition means making somebody affirmatively do something, presumably with a cost, all this bill did was stop the use of consumer credit information in hiring decisions where financial credit is not related to the job.

Our question is really simple: how would this have “killed jobs?” How could this bill have “further harmed Colorado’s ailing economy?” We think both of these claims are more mendacious than average, especially against a bill intended to help otherwise qualified Colorado jobseekers get back to work–many more of whom have had credit problems in the recent recession than would be the case otherwise. You can debate the merits, but how could this bill have “killed jobs?”

We guess these terms are bandied about mindlessly. This is particularly ironic mindlessness.


13 thoughts on “Twilight Zone–How Would This Bill Have “Killed Jobs?”

    1. There have been a number of bills this year, ranging from the “Local Foods, Local Jobs” act to a venture capital advisory board to official “spaceport” status to business property tax bills…

      Considering how limited the state is by its current funding straightjacket, I’d say there’s been a fair amount of jobs activity.

      1. I was not aware of any of these. The Local Foods sounds like a no-brainer good one. And the spaceport is long shot but well worth the effort.

        The business property tax reduction, IMO, doesn’t do much. I don’t mind what we pay, I mind the cost of determining what we owe (which tends to be more than what we have to pay – and it takes time). The only way to “fix” that is eliminate it and increase some existing tax.

        As to the venture capital advisory board, the way I’ve heard the top VCs talk about getting involved with the government (the most common phrase is “never again”), I’m doubtful this will accomplish much. VCs follow the opportunities – if we have lots of startups here that have killer potential, the VCs will come (and they do).

        On the VC front, my suggestion is two-fold. First create a TechStars in Denver, Golden, FtCollins, & ColoSpgs (the other 4 cities with top universities). Second, create a state VC fund that is for 2nd round funding only and will fund a max of 25% of the total – that would fill the biggest void we have in this state, and it would be profitable for the state.

    2. Expected to create at least 2,500 jobs. One of the business owners was on welfare 7 years ago and made his first million this year. Another one of the owners hires people with mental disabilities. A group with 80% unemployment. On top of that, it will take electronics out of landfills, which range from 40,000 to 161,000 tons per year.

      The bill also has bi-partisan support. Of course, you might have missed it in the news.  

        1. This is an important issue to me, and the bill is the largest generator of jobs this session (that I know about) along with it being a great environmental bill.

          Great to see you as well, Sir Robin. Tell your friends about the bill, because the impact it will have on a greatly ignored community, the mentally handicapped, alone is worth the fight to get Hickenlooper to sign it.  

    3. is sending out of plenty of emails on the bill he co-sponsored that’s supposed to provide funding for Colorado tech startups, HB-1044.

      Anybody have any info on this? It sounds like a pretty good bet for job creation, but even skimming the text I’m not really versed enough in the bottlenecks of the process to know whether it will help.

      1. If implemented right these can be very good, creating companies, jobs with those companies, and over time turning a profit. But keep a close eye on how they’re implemented as they can also be used to provide favors to the well connected rather than focusing on finding the best opportunities to turn technology into profitable companies.

  1. So now we can add not only intrusive medical procedures to the GOP Jobs agenda, but also stripping away an individual’s right to privacy.

    Just maintaining my list.

    But I do have to wonder if the Koch brothers are paying some sort of bounty for every time “job creators” or “job-killing” is mentioned, however incongruous the context.

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