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Rig Tour Close to Home

State Budget Negotiations Continue

Casinos Preemptively Fight HB12-1280

Uranium Mill Update

EPA Continues to Overreach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


April 12, 2012

Rig Tour Close to Home
Always wanted to visit a natural gas well but couldn't make the trip to Rifle?  Then join the Chamber and Encana for a tour of a rig west of Fruita. We are now accepting reservations for the rig tour that will be held April 25, 2012. We will leave the Chamber office at 9:00 a.m. and return at 1:00 p.m. Please call Betsy Bair at 970-242-3214 to reserve a spot.  

State Budget Negotiations Continue
After an extremely late night, the Colorado House was able to give initial approval to the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget. This budget will begin in July 2012. There were many concerns regarding funding in Colorado until a more optimistic state forecast was presented in March. This allowed funding for senior tax breaks that was a contentious issue. To read more about the budget, click here.
Casinos Preemptively Fight HB12-1280
Colorado Casinos who fear the affects of the passage of HB12-1280, which would help economic development on the Western Slope and put badly needed funds in the pockets of Community Colleges, are preemptively promoting two ballot initiatives to the Colorado Constitution. One of these initiatives would require that the use of Video Lottery Terminals would have to go to a vote of the entire state rather than the affected municipality which is allowed for in the bill language. The other would allow Video Lottery Terminals to go anywhere in the state but would not allow private companies to keep any of the proceeds. To learn more about these initiatives, click here.
Uranium Mill Update
Energy Fuels representative, Curtis Moore will be the presenter at the Chamber’s Energy Briefing Series, Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 7:30 a.m., in the Chamber’s downstairs conference room. Please join Curtis as he gives an overview and an update on the Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill in Montrose County. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the State of Colorado have been in conflict over the permitting of this mill. To read more, click here
EPA Continues to Overreach
Tom Donahue, President and CEO with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently blogged about the overreaching arm of the Environmental Protection Agency. He mentions a new overreaching rule that puts limits on green house gas emissions for new power plants. These regulations would make it virtually impossible to use coal in these power plants. He calls on the courts to continue to keep the EPA in check. To read his blog, click here.

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