Metro Mayors Caucus Positions, Resolutions & Other Decisions
From time-to-time, the Caucus takes positions on issues of significance to the Denver region or to local governments in general. Such position statements and resolutions of the Caucus will be made available for download here. Positions on issues and other decisions by the Metro Mayors Caucus are reached using an open discussion and consensus process.
Using consensus as a process for developing and modifying proposals or positions adheres to our values of an egalitarian, inclusive, collaborative and participatory organization of peers. Consensus encourages full participation and expressions of dissent while striving for a position acceptable to the group.
While unanimity of agreement or consent remains a worthy goal and desirable outcome, efficacy will, from time to time, require something less in order for decisions to be made.
Metro Mayors Caucus Decision Making Process
- Unanimity of Consent: Unanimity is the most powerful position from which to announce a decision, and as such, unanimous consent should remain the primary objective of the Caucus. To this end, dissenters are asked to provide suggested modifications that address their underlying concerns and that will allow them to either support the proposal or stand-aside.
- Super-majority: If unanimous consent is not possible, a super-majority provides the minimum threshold for passage. By requiring a super-majority, only proposals with an exceptionally high degree of agreement can move forward. The super-majority alternative satisfies the need for action on the part of the majority and diminishes the pressure to conform on the minority in those circumstances where no acceptable middle ground can be found.
- Exceptions: In no instance will the Caucus take a position that would have a demonstrable negative impact on a member community. For example, the Caucus would not take a position on the siting of a hazardous waste facility within a community over the objections of that community.
- Approval Timelines: Because the full Caucus is only convened six times per year, it is not always possible to have a presentation or face-to-face discussion before formulating a position. The Executive Committee acts as a preliminary sounding board in the periods between meetings. Any member can recommend an issue to the Caucus or solicit a position. Prior to a position being taken one or more of the following steps would be taken.
- An informational presentation & discussion at a Full Caucus meeting or
- A background memo and suggested position from the Executive Committee
- Regardless of the path taken, all proposals are distributed to members via email with the subject line “Consensus Question.” A seven-day timeline for response follows and mayors with proposed changes to the position must provide those changes for consideration of the body by day 3.
- A diagram outlining the decision-making process can be downloaded here: Consensus Process.
Resolutions & Position Statements from the Last Several Years
- MMC Support for Proposition 123 "Make Colorado Affordable" on the November 2022 Ballot - September 21, 2022
- MMC Support for SB22-180 Programs to Reduce Ozone Through Increased Transit - April 19, 2022
- MMC Support for HB22-1355 Concerning Creation of the Producer Responsibility Program for Statewide Recycling - April, 19, 2022
- MMC Sign-on Letter Re Concerns with HB 22-1326 Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention - April 6, 2022
- MMC Consensus of Support for HB 22-1159 Supporting Circular Economy Development Center - March 23, 2021
- MMC Zero Fare Support Letter to RTD - March 11, 2022
- 2022 MMC Policy Principles
- MMC Letter of Support for Transportation Bill SB21-260 - May 14, 2021
- MMC Sign-on Letter re Opposition to SB 21-062 Reducing Jail Populations April 7, 2021
- MMC Consensus of Support for Housing Bills March 25, 2021
- MMC Consensus on Reconsideration of Space Command Location - February 12, 2021
- MMC Consensus on Mobility Funding - February 5, 2021
- MMC 2021 Policy Principles
- MMC Transportation Statement December 21, 2020
- MMC Letter to Governor Polis re Need for Clear and Consistent Communication and Coordination of COVID to Protect Citizens and Businesses - November 23, 2020
- MMC Consensus Letter of Support to Congress re 15% Increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - October 20, 2020
- MMC Letter to Regional Transportation District re Concerns Surrounding Use of FISA for Purposes Other Than FasTracks Completion - September 21, 2020
- MMC Letter re Extension of CARES Act Expenditure Deadline - September 22, 2020
- MMC Letter to Rep. Cory Gardner re HEROES Act - July 20, 2020
- MMC Letter to Governor Polis re Regional Consistency in Masking Mandates - July 13, 2020
- MMC Letter to Legislative Leadership re Appointment to RTD Accountability Committee Composition - May 29, 2020
- MMC Letter to Governor Polis re Devolution of Authority to County Health Authorities for COVID Variances - May 21, 2020
- MMC Letter to Governor Polis re Restaurants and COVID - May 14, 2020
- MMC Letter to Governor Polis re Clarification on Masking, Back-office hospital personnel and AA and Narcotics Addiction - April 24, 2020
- MMC Letter to Congress re Support for Localities in Fourth COVID-19 Response Package - April 17, 2020
- MMC Letter to Governor Polis Re Covid April 14, 2020
- MMC Resolution of Support for 2019 Proposition DD Allowing for Legalized Sports Betting with Tax Proceeds to Pay for Colorado's Water Plan Implementation
- MMC Resolution of Support for Proposition CC Allowing For Greater State Investment in Transportation & Education
- MMC Statement of Concern Regarding HB 19-1289 Concerning Changes to Colorado's Consumer Protection Act
- MMC Supports HB19-1322 Regarding Allocation of Excess Unclaimed Property Fund Revenues to Support the State Housing Development Grant Fund
- MMC Supports HB19-1257 and HB 19-1258 Seeking Voter Approval for Retention of TABOR Refunds for Investment in Schools and Transportation
- MMC Supports HB19-1228 Colorado Affordable Housing Trust Fund
- Resolution of Support for Proposition #110/Let's Go, Colorado (PDF)
- Resolution of Opposition to Amendment 74 "Takings" (PDF)
- Resolution of Opposition to Proposition #109 on the 2018 Ballot (PDF)
- Resolution of Support for Fair Maps - Amendments Y & Z (PDF)
- Resolution Honoring Mayor Stephen D. Hogan (PDF)
- Support for the Denver bid for 2020 DNC (PDF)
- Support for "Army Futures Command" Location (PDF)
- MMC Consensus On Transportation and Mobility — April 2018 (PDF)
- MMC Consensus Statement on Growth (PDF)
- Support for "Raise the Bar" ballot reform measure (PDF)
- Support for Hospital Provider Fee as Enterprise Fund (PDF)
- Support for Marketplace Fairness Act - 2016 (PDF)
- Letter to Governor re: HB 15-1348 (PDF)
- Support for SB 15-212 Regional Detention Facilities (PDF)
- Colorado 64 — Water Principles (PDF)
- 2012 Legislative Priorities (PDF)
- Position on Ballot Issues 60, 61, and 101 (PDF)
- Position Statement on FasTracks (PDF)
- SCFD Resolution (PDF)