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ACUF’s 2017 Colorado State Ratings – Rocky Year Sees Moderate Improvement

October 24, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings for the 2017 meeting of the Colorado General Assembly. These ratings, a portion of the comprehensive and nationwide ratings released by the ACUF, are designed to reflect how elected officials view the role of government and are helpful in illustrating how both chambers of the legislature as well as individual members’ prioritize a wide variety of issue areas that directly affect Coloradans.

The ACUF has reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House of Representatives to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.

Colorado lawmakers took pen to paper on various issues during the 2017 legislative session including hate crimes, occupational licensing, sanctuary state laws, and free speech on college campuses. Though the 2017 Colorado Senate reflected strong conservative ideals in the bills introduced and passed this year, the House struck down a good portion of them, squelching much of the efforts to create a freer and more prosperous state. Most notably, the House voted to:

· Impose a 17% increase in sales tax for the next 20 years;
· Force barbers, cosmetologists, and manicurists to pay for sexual assault and domestic violence awareness training in order to receive or renew their license;
· Weaken the Taxpayer Bill of Rights;
· Double special interest tax credits to $1.5 million; and
· Expand Obamacare subsidies to families with incomes of up to 500% of the poverty level.

Despite an aversion to working together, both chambers managed to boost their overall conservative scores during the 2017 legislative session, suggesting the legislative body as a whole has seen moderate improvement this year. The Colorado Senate’s average score increased by 6% points this year – from 45% in 2016 to 51% in 2017 – and the House’s score increased by 1% – from 45% in 2016 to 46% this year.

The 2017 Ratings of Colorado are attached to this email; you can also CLICK HERE to view them online.

For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Jackie Anderson, Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at janderson@conservative.org.

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