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MCNULTY: GOVERNMENT REGS ARE BLOCKING OUR PATH TO SUCCESS

House Republicans in the state are committed to Building a Better Colorado

GUEST COLUMNIST

Last month, House Republicans crisscrossed the state on our Building a Better Colorado Tour. On it, we met with farmers and ranchers, ski industry representatives, small business owners and Coloradans from around the state to further our efforts to create jobs and get our economy back on track.

On this tour, we saw firsthand how Republican policies are allowing Coloradans to thrive.

In Greeley, we met with farmers and ranchers who have benefited from the repeal of the “ag tax,” an unconstitutional tax that Democrats placed on the agriculture industry in 2010.

In Durango, we heard from a small business owner who thanked us for reinstating the vendor fee Democrats took away. The vendor fee reimbursement allows merchants to retain a small percentage of the taxes they collect on behalf of the state to offset the additional accounting costs.

By repealing these Democrat imposed tax increases, Republicans are helping Colorado’s employers put a little more of their hard earned money back into growing their businesses.

While we have accomplished a lot over the last year, there is still work to do, especially in terms of removing the many unnecessary and burdensome government mandates and regulations. In fact, everywhere we went on our tour, we heard the same thing — government regulations are blocking our path to success.

One of the most direct examples of the devastating impact that government red tape has on a community is in Montrose. While there, we toured the Intermountain Resources sawmill, where we were told that the mill could add an additional shift if they had more access to trees killed by pine beetles. Dallas Wright, plant manager of the mill, added that only 7 percent of the lumber his mill produces is sold in Colorado because of outdated and unnecessary regulations here.

By removing these barriers, approximately 80 jobs can be created at the mill, and additional workers will be necessary to responsibly log and transport the timber. This also means more affordable wood for those in the construction industry.

In Pueblo, we had the opportunity to tour Goodrich’s Carbon Operations, which manufactures breaking systems for commercial, business and military aircraft. Goodrich employees told us that they have been impacted negatively by government-mandated regulations, especially when it comes to the rising utilities costs over the years. In just two years, the plant’s electrical costs have increased significantly. Goodrich is projecting those rates will rise even higher in 2012.

By decreasing regulations on the energy sector, we can help companies like Goodrich, as well as small business owners like Tom Welte of Pueblo’s Summit Brick Co. and Sam Krage, owner of Krage Manufacturing to save money that they can then reinvest in.

Just as we heard at every stop we made around the state, the business leaders in Pueblo gave example after example of how government regulations are stifling growth. Bob Leach, a builder and developer said the sheer number of local, state and federal regulations that target construction companies makes it difficult to succeed. Bob added that these regulations don’t just increase the cost of doing business, but drastically increase the cost families have to pay to renovate their home or to purchase a new one.

House Republicans understand what Colorado’s families and small businesses are facing, and we will continue our work to help create jobs and get our economy back on track. We will promote policies to end unnecessary and burdensome regulations that are killing job creation, we will fight against government spending that hurts our economic security, and we will promote common sense legislation that helps get our economy back on track. House Republicans are committed to Building a Better Colorado.

Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, is speaker of the House in Colorado.