(CBS4) – A high country business owner says Colorado’s grant to help businesses recover from the pandemic violates his constitutional rights by giving priority to minority-owned businesses. On Tuesday, a judge agreed.
In December of 2020, the General Assembly passed, and Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 20B-001, which allocated $4 million for COVID-19 relief payments to “minority-owned businesses,” but a small business owner challenged this program with a lawsuit forcing the General Assembly to revise law.
The new law was revised so that it applies not just to “minority-owned businesses,” but to what the law refers to as “disproportionately-impacted businesses.”
For Alma-based business owner Steve Collins, the law still didn’t work. He said it still gave priority to minority-owned businesses, so he filed the second lawsuit against the…