by Investigative Reports
They’re not telling you the truth.
VM reporter Matt Minich broke an interesting story last week about proposed new Colorado legislation. In particular Colorado House of Representative – Millie Hamner’s (D) bill HB 1154. Millie represents us, since Eagle County is in her House District 56.
Millie’s proposed Bill is being done at the request/behest of your Eagle County Commissioners. The ECT would like to thank Rep. Hamner’s office for responding promptly to the ECT’s request for a copy of that proposed bill, so we could read it. The ECT’s polite request? (Click Here)
The Bill is less than 3 and a half pages long. Apparently the ECT gang is one of the few folks who have actually read that Bill. Now thanks to the efforts of the ECT you can too. (Click Here)
The problem of course is how your County Commissioners (democrat Jon Stavney in particular) has described and commented on this proposed State wide bill – from Matt Minich’s story. If Matt’s printed quotes and comments are indeed accurate, your Commissioners and local supporters – aren’t telling you the truth about this legislation. Read the Bill.
Exhibit A – from Matt’s story….
The bill would not give the County any new powers over local businesses, Stavney said, but would simply allow the County access to the same kind of information available to municipalities.
Commissioner Stavney’s view of what the bill actually says…is dead wrong.
What the proposed bill’s language actually says and allows for is…new and additional REQUIRED reporting of…
THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED BY THE BUSINESS WHETHER THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES CHANGES DURING THE YEAR, AND IF SO, THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES DURING LOW, AVERAGE, AND PEAK SEASONS
– WHETHER THE BUSINESS OFFERS HEALTH INSURANCE TO ITS EMPLOYEES;
– AND THE DOCUMENTATION THAT THE BUSINESS REQUIRES OF ITS EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING WHETHER THE BUSINESS USES THE FEDERAL E–VERIFY PROGRAM AS DEFINED IN SECTION 8-2-124 (1), C.R.S.
– “THE ORDINANCE MAY ESTABLISH A REGISTRATION FEE IN THE MINIMUM AMOUNT NECESSARY TO OFFSET THE COUNTY‘S COSTS IN ADMINISTERING THE REGISTRATION PROGRAM.”
Questions Abound –
Why are local businesses located in unincorporated Eagle County (and everywhere else in the State) being penalized with newly proposed/additional, regulatory reporting requirements?
Also proposed new County Fees – to cover the cost of Eagle County expanding local government to administer this…
Why – at a time when Eagle County’s most egregious economic problem is Home Foreclosure – due to JOB LOSS – why would the County Commissioners want to propose/support legislation that would dissuade new (job creating) business from entering Eagle County and at the same time financially penalize businesses that are already here? OBTW – 16 newly reported County home foreclosures just last week.
It Gets Worse – Enter the so-called “Vail Valley Partnership”
Chris Romer – Executive Director of VVP is listed as a public supporter of this proposed legislation. VVP is fundamentally a private sector organization that purports to support the business interests of businesses in the tourism/resort industry located here in Eagle County. Resort lodging, transportation, restaurants, recreation…etc
The obvious question is – why would Mr. Romer support legislation causing additional reporting burdens and new County fees – levied against the very businesses that pay to join his organization? Has the Board of Directors at VVP read the proposed legislation?
Has Mr. Romer’s organization been promised additional County funding (taxpayer funded grants?) if this State wide legislation passes? After all…all three County Commissioners support this Bill, right?
So far (13FEB2011) the ECT can find no web links to the proposed legislation on the VVP web site (nor on Eagle County’s web site)…Is Mr. Romer and his board counting on his membership, NOT reading the 3 pages of the proposed legislation?
What you can do!
First and foremost – read the three and a half pages of the proposed new State wide legislation.
Second – If you’re a dues paying member of VVP and don’t agree with Mr. Romer’s endorsement, contact him (W 970.949.1000) and let him know your views. Be sure to tell Mr. Romer, you’ve been able read the Bill because the EagleCountyTimes.Com – has provided you with a copy.
Third – Also contact Rep. Millie Hamner (Click Here) and tell her you don’t support this legislation.
ECT Disclaimer: For those ECT readers that might believe the ECT may have taken “something out of context” in our story or Matt’s at the VM – here is the web link to Matt’s original story (Click Here) and above is the ECT’s web link to the actual proposed legislation. The ECT reports, documents, then lets you decide.
To VM reporter Matt Minich – ECT gang hopes you will follow up on answers in our story – about your story. ECT very interested in getting some of the answers published to our questions. You can bet your last dollar Matt, your competition at the Daily Fishwrap won’t touch any answers to our now mutual story.