The Colorado chapter of the National Federation for Independent Businesses says that a recent poll shows that small business owners aren’t interested in removing the hospital provider fee from revenue limits at the state level — nor do they want to allow employees to have access to their personnel records.
The NFIB, a small business trade and lobbying organization that has a Colorado chapter in Denver, released results of its annual poll earlier this week.
“Six in 10 of our members see a proposal to switch the provider fee paid by hospitals from the state budget to an enterprise fund for what it truly is: A way around TABOR, and that doesn’t set well with them,” said Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director in a press release. “By almost the same percentages, NFIB-member Colorado small-business owners also oppose giving employees the right to examine their personnel files upon request. This goes to the heart of privacy.”
The state is considering removing the hospital-provider fee — a per-bed fee paid by state hospitals used for Medicare and Medicaid to receive one-to-one matching funds for the health care programs from the federal government — from revenue caps that trigger income tax rebates to local taxpayers. This year, the state will give roughly $54 back to taxpayers under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, but must also make budget cuts because there isn’t enough money to meet all the statutory spending requirements.
Results from the polls center NFIB’s lobbying positions in Washington, D.C., and in Denver. NFIB has 7,000 members in Colorado. Results from the NFIB-member ballots are released after a statistically valid sample is reached. The 2016 state member ballot results were:
Should the hospital provider fee paid by hospitals move from the state’s general fund under TABOR to an enterprise fund?
Should employees have the right to examine their personnel file upon request?