#98 – Mandated Business Shutdowns

Jared Polis would like us to forget what many small business owners in Colorado cannot: he signed 393 executive health orders, including some that shut down small businesses. Polis’ executive orders closed 28.4% of small businesses during the beginning of the pandemic. He picked the winners and losers – claiming some businesses were essential and could remain open and others were not. Small businesses make up 99.5% of our Colorado businesses and employ more than 45% of our workers. A few months after Polis’ 2020 shutdowns, Colorado’s GDP dropped more than 8% and Employment dropped 15%. The only thing Heidi Ganahl will mandate as governor is freedom.