Colorado small business owners favor penalizing employers who hire illegal immigrants, privatizing some functions of state government and incentives promoting economic development.

The findings are part of this year’s National Federation of Independent Businesses member survey. The NFIB asked the following questions this year:

Do you support legislation that provides tax incentives or public money to businesses to promote economic development and job growth?

YES 53%
NO 38%

Should Colorado lease some functions of state government and form more public-private partnerships to create greater efficiencies and reduce state expenditures?
YES 75%
NO 15%

Should the Legislature repeal the state sales tax imposed on energy used in manufacturing?
YES 69%
NO 22%

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Should Colorado impose penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants?
YES 73%
NO 21%

Should Colorado establish its own Health Insurance Exchange instead of deferring to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services?
YES 56%
NO 28%

By somewhat lesser margins, small-business leaders in the poll favor tax, want the state sales tax on energy used in manufacturing repealed, and think the state should establish its own health-insurance exchange.
The NFIB surveys its members each year on state and national issues and uses the responses to formulate its lobbying positions in Denver and Washington.
NFIB has 7,500 members in Colorado. It distributed 6,115 ballots this year and received a response rate of 6.8 percent, said Tony Gagliardi, NFIB Colorado and Wyoming state director.
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