JCBL 2018 Legislative Priorities

Attracting and Retaining Talented Employees

The JCBL will advocate for:

  1. Continued efforts by the legislature to address Colorado’s housing affordability crisis.
    1. Reform of Colorado’s construction litigation laws, as they encourage abusive lawsuits against developers and contractors, resulting in the near elimination of condo construction and an attainable housing shortage for new and existing employees. While some progress was made in curbing lawsuits against multi-family for-sale projects, the problem has not been solved.
    2. Just as importantly, construction of new single-family homes is historically low, despite a booming economy and huge in-migration, resulting in spiraling housing costs. Many of the reasons for this low construction are policy based.
    3. At the same time, oppose local and state efforts to artificially limit growth, which will only exacerbate the problem.
  2. Addressing the skilled labor shortage in Jefferson County through more – and more effective – training and retraining programs through K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.
  3. Increasing and enhancing incentives for talent retention and experiential training in key areas, including IT, STEM and the skilled trades.
  4. Strong state funding for public education and higher education necessary to attract and retain top talent.