Speaking of ballot questions, Colorado voters opposed to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact have succeeded in collecting enough signatures to put the question before voters next November. Proponents of putting the question before the voters submitted almost 229,000 voter signatures to the Secretary of State – well beyond the 124,000 required. The National Popular Vote Compact is an agreement amongst certain states whereby Presidential electors are required to vote for the presidential candidate that wins the popular vote, rather than the winner of the vote within that state. It is a concerted effort to thwart the protections created for smaller, less-populated states by the 12th Amendment to the US Constitution (the Electoral College) and it does not take effect unless/until states with a combined 270 electoral votes (the number of electoral college votes required to win the presidency) join the compact. At this juncture, 15 states including Colorado plus the District of Columbia – all democratic-controlled with a total of 196 electoral votes, have passed the compact. Colorado voters will have their say on the issue in November of next year. Also in Colorado, Governor Jared Polis signed an Executive Order this week creating a new Office of Future of Work, which will function as “a clearinghouse” for state responses to the “rapidly changing nature of work”. The new office, which already has a $95,000 per year director, will help the state research and analyze trends and help Colorado workers “adapt to workforce issues that result from changes created by technology, trade and organization structure.” This sounds a lot like government getting more involved in private businesses!