House GOP Create Jobs Out of Thin Air…When They Get Done Wasting Time

We wrote last week that House Republicans got off to a rough start in the first days of the Colorado legislative session by demanding a vote on a Constitutional Convention that was never going to happen; the move was entirely political — intended to get folks like Rep. Sal Pace and Joe Miklosi on the record on federal health care reform — and so blatantly obvious that it was widely criticized around the state.

Yesterday the Editorial Page Editor at the Denver Newspaper, Curtis Hubbard, took House Republicans and Speaker Frank McNulty to task for ignoring their own pledge to focus on jobs instead of endless political games. Hubbard goes on to write that one of McNulty’s featured pieces of legislation is an attempt to fix a problem that quite literally does not exist.

McNulty has been pushing a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Laura Bradford that would theoretically add jobs by eliminating local regulations that he says prohibit Colorado communities to use timber produced in the state. But as Hubbard notes, no such regulations appear to exist. Neither the Colorado Municipal League nor the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau seem to have any idea what in the hell McNulty is talking about.

McNulty says the legislation would let a Colorado sawmill add 80 jobs — a number that is oddly specific given the fact that the bill in question wouldn’t actually do anything.

This begs the question: If a tree is cut down in a forest, and Frank McNulty isn’t around to hear it…can you still draft unnecessary legislation from the paper it produces?

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  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    all of those R gun bills?  Letting anyone carry a gun “in their purse” like Brophy ought to add about 5,817 new Colorado jobs in the first seven days after passage?

  2. Fidel's dirt nap says:

    then things like this would never happen…

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    SendGrid, a Boulder-based startup and TechStars alumnus that develops e-mail delivery systems for a variety of web-based applications, raised $21 million in funding and inked a separate deal with Microsoft, company officials announced Tuesday.

    OK, maybe they would.

    Or, or they would happen a lot more if we get rid of those job killing fracking regulations.  

    Well, nevermind.  Just remember that Obama is a job killer.  Or something.

  3. gaf says:

    If a tree is cut down in a forest, and Frank McNulty isn’t around to hear it…can you still draft unnecessary legislation from the paper it produces?

    Only if you first use out-of-state paper to draft legislation to allow the fallen tree to be made into Colorado-produced paper–because, per McNulty logic, if there is not a law permitting such use, it currently must not be allowed in Colorado.

  4. Gilpin GuyGilpin Guy says:

    and there was some concern about using beetle killed trees for lumber but he states that there is no prohibition other than standard commercial building codes.

    I suppose they could add 80 jobs to the lumber mill if they added another shift but that is small potatoes compared to leasing the forests to BP or Exxon and turn them into biofuel farms.  That would make some serious sustainable cash of the future.

    • BlueCat says:

      More proof that the Republican leadership in the state legislature is interested in legislation only as an opportunity for making dog whistle appeals to the base and/or grandstanding, even if it’s only grandstanding about non-existent issues. In fact, the more nonexistent, the better. You can make up whatever you want about stuff that doesn’t exist. Much harder to craft real solutions to real problems like encouraging job creation, which is what they keep promising but never get around to.

  5. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    They could do this (shades of SendGrid) and they would both increase jobs and turn a profit. What’s not to like.

    And here are a number of additional ideas – all of them would lead directly to more jobs.

    And to increase quality jobs ling term – this is pretty much the only way to do it.

    Speaker McNulty – you’re welcome :)

  6. MADCO says:

    All the law does is get government out of the way, thus embiggening the local population to feel motivated to invest and create more jobs once the gov’t hinderance is out our way.  In fact, we should subsidize them.  Because people know how to spend their money and the gov’t's better than the gov’t does.

    • Ralphie says:

      What the bill does is to allow the State government to dictate to Local government.  And it’s being run by “less government” hypocrites.

      And there’s an even more dangerous companion bill, which would give timber companies tax credits for using beetle-killed timber.

      I’m all for stopping bark-beetle infestations.  But the last thing that Colorado needs right now is less revenue.

      • Gilpin GuyGilpin Guy says:

        Their cycle runs its course.  The idea that beetles aren’t subject to the laws of nature and will have extrapolating populations without interruption is bullshit.  Not even climate change will eliminate the ebbs and flows of cycles.  What humans need to do is make sure that Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas engage in strategic defensible space and wildfire mitigation programs.  If you can reduce the risk of a mega-inferno then the next generation of trees will have a better chance of taking root in our lifetime.  Mechanical thinning and reseeding is the best alternative in these areas to regenerative fire.

        Where the Republicans are so fucked up is that the old paradigm of using timber for the housing industry is an obsolete market.  Housing isn’t coming back to previous levels and the demand for lumber isn’t going to be there so encouraging lumber companies to make lumber out of beetle kill is pointless.  They should be promoting wood pellets and biofuels from wood pulp to clean the forest of these fuel buildups and give tax credits to people who switch from propane to pellets.  Republicans don’t get that the markets of the past are not going to be the demand of the future.  They are promoting pointless laws to protect buggy whip industries.

        • There are now at least three wood pellet companies operating here in Colorado as a result of the beetle kill harvest under the existing tax code.  They go wherever there’s cheap dead trees to be found; for years I’ve purchased pellets from wildfire clear-outs in Arizona, New Mexico and Montana, and now increasingly I’m buying local.  (Not the least reason of which is that beetle kill doesn’t make for pre-burnt wood in the pellets – lousy Heat’r pellets from the Sho-Low fire are dark from the burn…)

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