Small Businesses Asking Not to Make Major Changes To Health Care Polices

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Denver (AP) _ Small business owners are asking Colorado
lawmakers to tread lightly before making major changes to health
care and tax policies this year.

Tony Gagliardi is state director of the national federation of
independent business. He says a survey of 7,000 members statewide
showed they are worried lawmakers will try to require them to offer
employees expensive health care plans and try to raise taxes to
support expanded programs for health care, transportation and
education.

House speaker Andrew Romanoff says economic development will be one of the top issues in the upcoming session, and several plans
are being offered to help businesses.

Romanoff says there are no plans to go to voters for a tax
increase.