Craig briefs: Tipton fights to cut small-business red tape
Underscoring that excess regulation impacts small businesses’ ability to create jobs and grow the economy, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., voted Thursday to pass legislation to provide additional review and scrutiny in the regulatory process, according to a press release from Tipton’s office.
The passage of the All Economic Regulations are Transparent Act (H.R. 2804) follows Tipton’s tour of small businesses in Grand Junction last week where he met with employers to discuss the impact of regulation and ways to improve the regulatory process to foster a healthy economy.
There are 174,545 pages of federal regulations that cost the U.S. economy about $1.8 trillion annually. Despite these staggering figures, by the end of 2013 the Administration had more than 4,000 new regulations coming down the pipeline.
“Small business owners in my district consistently tell me that overregulation is among the top challenges they face in creating jobs and growing their businesses. When federal agencies implement costly and burdensome regulations at whim and fail to update outdated and duplicative rules, the economy suffers, jobs are lost, and Americans lose their competitive edge in the global marketplace,” Tipton said in the release. “While many regulations are vital for a safe and fair marketplace, the type of overregulation we are seeing now has strayed from those ends and only serves to grow bureaucracy, rather than foster a healthy economy. Today’s legislation would help restore some commonsense to the regulatory process by increasing transparency and ensuring a more thorough review of proposed and existing rules, taking into greater consideration their impact on the economy.”
H.R. 2804 would:
■ Ensure more thorough review of proposed rules by requiring agencies to fully comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, eliminating loopholes agencies use to avoid the regulatory review process.
■ Give businesses greater certainty of the rules being put forward by the Administration by requiring agencies to provide proper notice and detailed information about forthcoming regulations every month.
Newspaper event to talk local economics
The Craig Daily Press will host Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Village Inn. This month, General Manager Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will hold a discussion about the various community groups working to boost Craig’s economic development. Coffee and pastries will be served. For more information, call 970-875-1788.
Sen. Bennet has hand in energy efficiency bill
Washington — A major, bipartisan energy bill introduced to the U.S. Senate on Thursday includes two bills authored by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., designed to promote energy efficiency in homes and commercial buildings, according to a press release from the Senator’s office.
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D- NH, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, includes two bipartisan bills Bennet introduced last year — the Sensible Accounting to Value Energy Act and the Better Buildings Act.
“The SAVE Act and the Better Buildings Act are commonsense approaches to reducing our energy usage, cutting costs and protecting our planet,” Bennet said in the press release. “There’s no reason mortgage lenders shouldn’t take into account the thousands of dollars homeowners spend annually on their energy bills when determining the size of a home loan. Our simple fix will solve this problem and incentivize the construction of energy-efficient homes, creating thousands of jobs along the way.”
The SAVE Act, which Bennet introduced with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., last June, would help establish more practical mortgage lending processes by allowing federal mortgage loan agencies to consider a home’s energy efficiency and expected monthly energy bills when determining the homeowner’s ability to pay monthly mortgage payments. On average, homeowners spend about $2,500 a year on home energy costs, and that adds up to more than $70,000 during the life of a 30-year mortgage. But, while mortgage lenders typically take into account the cost of real estate taxes and homeowner’s insurance when determining the cost of a home loan, they do not take into account home energy costs, even those these costs are, in many cases, more than taxes and insurance. The SAVE Act would address this blind spot, encouraging investments in energy efficient homebuilding and creating tens of thousands of construction jobs in the process.
The Better Buildings Act, cosponsored by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and also introduced last June, encourages tenants of commercial buildings to implement cost-effective measures that will help reduce energy consumption and ultimately utility costs for businesses. As building owners across the country strive to distinguish their buildings with the voluntary Energy Star label to help attract tenants and satisfy investors, this bill creates a new voluntary “Tenant Star” certification to reward and recognize tenants that design and construct high-performance leased spaces.
New car registrations increase 3 percent
Colorado new car and truck sales started the year in a positive direction as registrations increased 3 percent in January compared to January 2013, according to a press release. Those results and more are available in the January 2014 Colorado Auto Outlook Report released by the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association.
Tim Jackson, president of CADA, said, “In Colorado, we’ve enjoyed four years of growth in new car and truck registrations, and now January’s numbers will continue that trend into a fifth year. While January numbers were positive, we think overall sales for some brands were sluggish because of the cold weather. Nevertheless, manufacturer incentives remain strong and along with relatively low gas prices, affordable financing, and demand for new cars and trucks to replace an aging fleet, we predict 2014 should be another strong year for sales.”
Jackson said mid-size SUVs and mid-size crossover SUVs led in market share gains for the first month of the year.
Meanwhile, the used vehicle market in Colorado was up 5.5 percent in January (vehicles seven years old or newer) and improved 3.8 percent in 2013.
For a complete copy of the January 2014 Colorado Auto Outlook Report, email The InterPro Group at email@example.com, or call 303-503-6677.
For more information, please contact Tim Jackson directly at 303-282-1448; via cell phone at 303-667-3995; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shooting enthusiasts reminded of closure
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding shooting enthusiast that the Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Hot Sulphur Springs is now closed due to the agency’s continuing efforts to protect wintering elk and deer herds.
Because the animals have moved onto their winter range in and around the shooting facility during especially cold conditions this year, wildlife officials remind the public to give them plenty of space to help prevent additional stress that can lead to mortality, including the deaths of displaced animals due to road and railroad collisions.
The shooting range will remain closed until the animals move toward higher ground in the spring, which typically occurs in early April.
he Byers Canyon Shooting Range, which is owned and operated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, is very popular with sportsmen from across the western slope, including the Front Range due to its proximity to the Denver metro area.
For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife shooting ranges and alternative places to shoot, go to http://www.wildlife.state.co.us/ hunting/shootingranges/pages/shootingranges.aspx.
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