Legislative plans inspired by Colorado's surging economy

DENVER - Colorado's economy is one of the nation's strongest, but lawmakers from both parties have plans to improve it during the legislative term that begins this week.

Lawmakers want to cut taxes for businesses and debate liability law for construction companies. Democrats also want to look at helping minority-owned businesses receive state contracts, while Republicans want to roll back a tougher renewable energy standard for rural electricity providers.

The economic plans were outlined Monday in a forum hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver.

Ruling Democrats say they're eager to try to move on from contentious social measures and public safety measures that occupied most of their time last year.

Economic forecasts delivered to lawmakers last month predicted a strong labor market and low inflation for 2014.

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