Sen. White hears from Rifle business owners on regulation |

Sen. White hears from Rifle business owners on regulation

Heidi Rice
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado – Overregulation of the oil and gas industry was one issue raised by small business owners during a roundtable business discussion hosted here Tuesday by state Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden.

White is hosting similar meetings in Greeley, La Junta, Montrose and Littleton, seeking ideas from business owners about helpful regulatory reform proposals and ideas for legislation that could aid Colorado’s sluggish economy.

“I’d like to make sure you’re aware and you realize that although we’ve lost our hunting season, oil and gas continues to be extremely important in this valley,” said Gary Miller, owner of Miller’s Dry Goods in Rifle and Anderson’s Clothing in Glenwood Springs.

Business owners also cited regulations affecting their own business operations.

“We’re always going to have some regulations, but the business community needs to have some certainty,” said Michael Langhorne, president of the Rifle Economic Development Corporation and owner of Bookcliff Survey Services, Inc.

“Getting rid of the red tape will probably do a tremendous amount toward helping small businesses,” White said in response.

For the complete story on the business roundtable meeting, see the Aug. 4 edition of the Rifle Citizen Telegram.

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