Since the Great Recession, Colorado legislative leaders have pushed in a consistent and usually bipartisan way to grow the state's economy, increase jobs available to residents and welcome to the area new companies that will offer positions as well as a growing population that will fill them.
But as the Colorado Legislature begins its 120-day-long 2018 session this morning, Democrats and Republicans will begin their deliberations about improving the state at a time when more Denver-area residents especially are questioning whether they want to see further growth.
And legislators' ability to reconcile those sentiments with their continuing belief that creating more and better jobs will benefit the greatest number of state residents is going to impact both the immediate future — namely, the 2018 election — and the long-term health of this state.
The signs of pushback came first in suburban elections in 2017, where cities ranging in size from Lakewood to Greenwood Village elected council majorities that want to slow the growth of new buildings — particularly of apartment complexes that some officials feel are taxing the transportation and social-service infrastructure of the area without adding enough tax revenue in return.
Read more at the Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/2qQdJAc