Workforce shortages, regulations among top concerns for Colorado business, survey finds

Chris Woodward
The Center Square - Colorado
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Workforce shortages and overburdensome regulations top the list of most important issues for Colorado business leaders, a new survey finds.

The survey, conducted for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce by Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates, found that of the 150 business leaders questioned, 27% said “too few workers” was the most important issue facing businesses in the state, while 26% said regulations. 

“Lack of workers and excessive regulations dominate the initial open-ended question,” the survey said. “The regulatory burden is higher here than we see in most other states.”

Respondents also listed inflation (11%), taxes (9%), and housing (7%), as top issues.

The Chamber hopes to work with lawmakers on the issues facing their members, the group said. 


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