Bill To Create A Local Business App Passes State Senate

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- Senate Democrats approved a measure to create a smartphone application that shows Colorado locally owned businesses.

The bill moved from the Senate to the Republican-controlled House Monday on a party-line vote with Democrats voting in favor. Republicans argue the proposal duplicates what the private sector is already doing.

Democrats say that while there are apps that show nearby businesses, there's nothing shows locally owned businesses.

Businesses that want to be listed would pay a $10 annual fee. The state's Economic Development and International Trade office would create an online database of locally owned business by Jan. 1, 2014, and also develop the app for smartphones.

Democrats say the measure would encourage investment in local economies.

If the state government created an app for your smartphone listing local businesses, would you use it?

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  • by Mayor Ryan on Mar 8, 2012 at 02:23 AM
    This kind of mumbo jumbo is not authorized in our state constitution. I will be suing and will have notice papers by this coming Monday to all local news stations. This kind of nonsense and bankrupting of our state is fully deserved as people voted for non-loving liberty candidates that are the opposite of someone like Ron Paul.
  • by Amy on Mar 6, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    Why does something like this need to be an official measure voted on by the state reps? That means someone wasted time drafting this bill, getting support for it, and presenting it when there are so many higher priority issues that need attention. Great... make an app. Don't. Waste time making it official state government business. Ridiculous.
  • by Dilbert Location: CS on Mar 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM
    And what is the initial cost? Do the Dems realize that if there is a demand for an app like this, there is such a thing as a private sector, where someone will develop and maintain the app, receive income from the listings, and not involve the government? Instead I see a project paying a business (probably from Asia) to write the app and market it, and local business owners declining to list because it doesn't reach a big enough market, with taxpayers footing the bill.
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      by E on Mar 5, 2012 at 02:04 PM in reply to Dilbert
      Agreed. Dems believe they are more intelligent than the general public and therefore must do your thinking for you. IMHO, the state has now business in business. If someone feels that strongly about shopping local, it's not that hard to find out. All you need is that app ready smartphone with the internet, or you could just ask. In the end, who cares, I shop for my needs. It would be nice to shop based on principal but I can't afford that.
  • by Bradman on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM
    Good. I surely will use it.
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