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Lakewood Growth Initiative Will Be Costly to Taxpayers, Says Business Group’s Study

A new study supported by a metro Denver business partnership says Lakewood's July 2 ballot question to limit growth to 1% a year will lead to higher property taxes to pay for city services.   “The research speaks for itself,” said Elizabeth Peetz, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Colorado Association of REALTORS®, in a statement Monday.   Ballot Question 200, a citizen-initiated...

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REMI Partnership Study Explores Impact of Growth Cap on the Lakewood Ballot

Higher property taxes, more stress on transportation infrastructure will result from imposed growth caps according to new study   On June 10, 2019, the REMI Partnership released “Building Gated Cities – Policy Brief Understanding the Impacts of 1% Growth in Lakewood.”   Next month, Lakewood voters will face Initiative 200, a proposal that seeks to impose a 1% cap on the growth of the city’s housing....

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Capitol Connection: March 15, 2019

House Bill 19-1228: Increase Tax Credit Allocation Affordable Housing   HB19-1228, sponsored by Rep. Shannon Bird (D-Westminster), Rep. Brianna Titone (D-Arvada), Sen. Jack Tate (R-Centennial) and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger (D-Aurora), increases the annual allocation of the state's Affordable Housing Tax Credit program (AHTC), administered by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), from $5 million to $10 million from 2019 through 2024....

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New Study Analyzes the Cost of SB 19-181

New Study Analyzes the Cost of SB 19-181 New bill creates immense uncertainty and authorizes state and local policy that could have dramatic impact on the energy industry   CSPR Director of Policy and Research Chris Brown: “Just like Proposition 112, this bill has the potential to significantly restrict a critical sector of our economy and eliminate up to $13.5 billion in tax...

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Capitol Connection: March 1, 2019

House Bill 19-1096: Colorado Right to Rest   Earlier in the week, HB19-1096, titled Colorado Right to Rest, died in the Senate Finance Committee by unanimous decision. The bill would have allowed individuals to occupy public spaces for any duration without penalty, prohibiting state and local governments from enacting or enforcing laws, ordinances, rules or regulations related to public camping. CAR's Legislative...

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Capitol Connection: February 22, 2019

Next Stop, Governor's Desk: House Bill 19-1098: Deeds to Convey Real Property   CAR is thrilled to announce that HB19-1098, Deeds to Convey Real Property, is headed to the Governor's desk for his consideration. CAR worked with multiple industry stakeholders to develop and champion this legislation as a common-sense public policy solution that fixes a longstanding problem in real estate transactions. ### Under current...

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Denver Initiative 300: Impacts on the Homeless and Society by Granting Unimpeded Access to Public Space

Initiative 300 is a broad measure whereby supporters have asserted unimpeded use of public space for the purpose of erecting non-obstructive shelter, indefinitely, is a right to be extended to everybody including those experiencing homelessness. No city in the US has passed similar allowances. However, courts have ruled that cities cannot enforce certain laws that restrict access to public space...

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Capitol Connection – February 8, 2019

CAR Economic Summit and REALTOR® Day at the Capitol Focus on the Importance of Homeownership   Thank you to all our members and colleagues who attended CAR's Economic Summit and REALTOR® Day at the Capitol.  We had a busy two-day event with over 250 REALTORS® attending from across the state. At Tuesday's Economic Summit, members had the opportunity to hear from keynote...