On a swing through eastern Colorado on Monday, Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer and Majority Leader John Morse met with JBS USA officials at the company’s beef packing plant, The Greeley Tribune reports. Paying sales taxes on the purchase of new trucks seemed to be an issue for the company. “A lot of states don’t require businesses to pay sales taxes. We told them we certainly don’t want them to move their trucking business to Grand Island, Neb.,” Morse said, but he said the removal of sales taxes in Colorado probably won’t happen.
Also on Monday’s tour: During a morning meeting with the Longmont Times-Call’s editorial board, Shaffer, D-Longmont, and Morse, D-Colorado Springs, previewed some of the work they expect will wind up on the Senate’s 2010 legislative agenda. State government budget constraints resulting from slumping tax revenues are likely to preclude passage of anything that would carry a substantial price tag.