By Bob Golden
So, the mid-terms elections are finally in our rear-view mirror and we can watch television in relative peace – at least in terms of not seeing political ad after political ad. The election results gave business folks here in Colorado much to be concerned about, and some relief too.
Because I’m a glass half-full guy I’ll start with the relief part. We’re relieved the oil and gas setbacks (Proposition 112), failed. That one would have really hurt our state businesses and educational structure (due to a loss of tax revenue). We’re also thankful that Amendments Y and Z passed so we can finally get to the work of ensuring our political district boundaries are fairly drawn.
Okay, it’s time to look at the half-full side of the election results. For starters, we’re disappointed that the Colorado House, Senate and Governor’s Office are all now controlled by only one party. It’s not a partisan thing, we just don’t like one party controlling everything because we believe that balance at the state Capitol is important.
Having said this, we look forward to working with our Democratic friends, including Governor-Elect Polis, to see how we can further strengthen our economy and make Colorado and even better place to live. We have reason to be hopeful in terms of the new governor, since the SMDC has had a good relationship with Jared Polis as he has served as one of our state’s U.S. Representatives. We appreciate that he got his start as a businessman, and that he has a deep understanding of how businesses need to operate if they are to be successful.
Our new Governor and state legislators have their hands full of challenges, including what to do about the state’s crumbling roads now that voters rejected transportation initiatives Proposition 110 and Proposition 109. We supported Proposition 110 and are disappointed we’re back to square one on this critical issue for both business and the state’s long-term viability.
Okay, enough navel gazing. We got what we got on election night and it’s time to go back to work making sure Colorado remains a great place to live and work.