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Vail Valley: New legislation could be disastrous for small business

Michael Kurz
Vail, CO, Colorado

Yes, small business is under assault. If you have any question about that, take a look at the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Web site and invest a few minutes updating yourself about legislation lurking in the halls of Congress.

We urge all Vail Valley business owners to be heard on these issues. They’re coming at us so fast, it’s hard to keep up, but there is a way you can easily get involved in the fight. Don’t get me wrong, the best way to register your concerns is to place an old-fashioned telephone call to your representatives at all levels and give them an earful. Another fast way to voice your opinions is to go to, click on the “Sign a Petition” button and sign every petition that resonates with you.

Here are some of the more important causes that need your immediate support along with a summary of the Chamber’s views on them.

– Card Check: The mis-named “Employee Free Choice Act” invites coercion, intimidation, and harassment of workers by union organizers because they will know who has, and has not, signed a card inviting a union election. Small businesses, the engine of our economy, will also be vulnerable to an onslaught of union organizing. Card Check is bad policy for the American worker and should be opposed.

– Alternative Minimum Tax: This tax unfairly penalizes businesses that invest heavily in plants, machinery and equipment. Reforming it would spur capital investments and create jobs.

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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

– Tax Cuts: Make the Bush tax cuts permanent. Americans spent and invested the money put back in their pockets by these tax cuts more wisely and efficiently than the government could have and they should be allowed to continue to do so.

– Health Care: The private sector and competitive market forces, not the federal government, are the best means to meeting our country’s rapidly expanding health care needs. We should support private sector efforts to:

Encourage employers and providers to proactively adapt their health plans to focus on wellness, prevention and chronic disease management. Healthier employees and families will reduce health care spending.

Pass legislation to help businesses provide affordable coverage for employees. Health care is a benefit employers want to provide their workers.

Provide consumers with unprecedented access to quality and cost data that they can use to select the health care services that best fit their needs.

Tort Reform: America’s legal crisis is driven by some trial lawyers who are exploiting flaws in the system in search of jackpot justice. It is bankrupting companies, putting employees out of work and driving up consumer prices.

These issues are not going away. They’re coming right at you… and there’s more. It’s open season on small business with this administration and unless you want to see control of your enterprise slip away one bill at a time, you need to get involved. Recovering from these fantastic federal deficits will be hard enough when new taxes are levied to pay the bill, so we encourage you to take action now.

Event update

– May 28, 9 a.m. ” 1:30 p.m.: Shotgun in the Sun, Vail Valley Partnership Member Golf Tournament, Sonnenalp Golf Club, Edwards. Reception at Balata to follow. Contact Ruth Carlson, VVP Events Coordinator, 970-477-4001 or for reservations.

– June 16, 8-9:30 a.m.: Success in :60 Seconds, Speed Networking Event, Manor Vail, Vail Village.

– June 17, 5-7 p.m.: Business After Hours Mixer, Ruggs Benedict Carpet One, Avon. Members only.

Michael Kurz is president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership.

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