FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joel Malecka May 1, 2014 (o) 303-86 6-5679 (c) 970-581-3302 Democrats Spend $100,000 on Smartphone App that Duplicates Dozens of Existing Apps Denver –Today, House Democrats passed a bill which uses nearly $100,000 in taxpayer dollars to cr eate a state-sponsored smartphone application (app) that duplicates dozens of existing, free market applicat ions. The bill, Senate Bill 166, would direct the state of Colorado to develop and manage a smartphone app l isting Colorado businesses. During debate, Republicans pointed out that existing apps, as wells as search engines like Google and Yahoo, already perform this task and are free to Colorado citizens. “With a simple app store search I found dozens of apps already doing what this bill would create, and none of them require taxpayer dollars,” said House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland).”It wil l take fifty Colorado families paying their taxes for a year just to fund an app that already exists in many other forms, which are free to everyone. This is an example of government waste at its worst.” Ye sterday during second reading debate, Representative Libby Szabo (R-Arvada), the ranking member on the House Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Committee, offered an amendment that would have required the state to contract with a Colorado company to develop the app. Democrats defeated that amendment by a pa rty-line vote. “I am puzzled, Democrats are comfortable spending $100,000 of taxpayer funds on an app that already exists and vote against requiring the use of a Colorado company to develop the app when its sole purpose is to promote Colorado companies?” questioned Szabo.”Democrats are wil ling to talk the talk, but when it comes to actually supporting Colorado business, they don’t walk t he walk.” :

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