Denver Gazette: New taxes and fees will kill jobs, startups

Jun 14, 2021

This week, lawmakers proclaimed Sine Die. It’s a Latin phrase that translates to “without day” but in Colorado, it signals the end of the legislative session. After almost 120 days of votes and debates over more than 600 bills, how did it go?

Think back to January, when the state legislature convened with a focus on economic recovery. Coloradans were still wearing masks, restaurants and local businesses were coping with crowd limits, unemployment lines were seemingly endless and the economic outlook was bleak.

Today, thanks to the vaccine, COVID is receding and businesses across the state are slowly returning to “normal.” Are we solidly on the road to recovery or will Colorado lag behind other states? Will any of the more than 600 bills contemplated by this legislature move our economy toward recovery?

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