Letter: How to boost economy
Welcome to a few sound economic revving up ideas to strengthen local commerce and uplift financial well-being for some intelligent widespread economic security before this December.
Although I promoted most of these concepts before in Aspen, I look to the enlightened government officials and the shrewd business leaders along Highway 82, Highway 133 and Interstate 70 in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties to eagerly take advantage of them. There will be enough moola to go around and be divvied up by all.
First, let’s begin with the three-day business sales tax holiday to attract consumers and fill cash registers. Pick a three-day weekend in October or November to temporarily free all from retail sales taxes.
Second, let’s give an off-season 30 percent discount visitors’ break (rate) to the television, film, entertainment, theater and showbiz professionals and workers from the Denver-Boulder area at restaurants, hotels and lodges, spas and nightclubs and bars in October and November.
Third, let’s extend the off-season 30 percent discount visitors’ rate to the high-tech and Internet companies situated all along the Front Range, too.
Fourth, let’s encourage the estimated 300 or more nonprofit groups in the region to begin discussing, researching and planning to take advantage of both federal and Colorado government legislation for certain types of nonprofits to issue construction bonds. They immediately can talk with their bank branch managers to get the ball rolling while getting their legal eagles to bring their Lexis-Nexis research to the table.
As Arsenio Hall used to say, “Let’s get busy.” And do remember that Benjamin Franklin said, “Time is money.”
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