Chuck McConnell: Op-ed |

Chuck McConnell: Op-ed

Chuck McConnell/For the Steamboat Today

— As your representative, I will devote much of my time listening to your concerns and your goals so that I vote in the interests of the citizens of our district. My focus is your agenda. I will not be dictated to by outside interests. I will represent you with honesty, openness and integrity.

Since our state’s formation Coloradans have cherished their freedom to choose and to not be under the control of an overreaching government which inhibits the growth of existing jobs or new ones. I believe in your right to live your life on your own terms and to make your own choices.

From the beginning of our economic crisis, government has squelched our optimism and entrepreneurial spirit with needless regulations. This is not the way to get the economy back on its feet. Costly regulation works against job growth. I believe nothing stimulates the economy more than private sector job opportunity.

Colorado is blessed with natural resources. I worked in the energy industry for thirty years. My team and I generated many good jobs. My focus will be on higher paying jobs. Some political leaders in Colorado want to increase government influence and restrict and over regulate this industry. Government works best that protects our environment but does not needlessly restrict the freedom to do business in a responsible manner to provide high paying jobs.

A bad result of the recent economic downturn was a tightening of family budgets. Price increases are squeezing family bank accounts and undermining basic grocery budgets. I will work to accomplish the necessary functions of government without adding burdensome regulations or increasing taxes or fees. I will not support new taxes disguised as fees.

The 2013 legislature passed a law that forced some electric power generation facilities to double their amount of renewable energy sources. This regulation was a further drain on family budgets in parts of rural Colorado.

The “war on coal” declared by the federal EPA will further significantly increase our electric bills. Here in Northwest Colorado this “war” will also jeopardize hundreds of good, high paying jobs. The Colorado legislature will have some influence on how these new coal regulations are put in place. I will do everything possible to prevent our State government from diminishing our coal industry, reducing County tax revenues and needlessly shrinking family budgets with increased electric bills.

In 2013 two laws were passed by the Colorado legislature that compromised our freedom – our Constitutional right to defend ourselves. These anti-gun laws were supposed to make us safer but actually made us less safe. I will work to repeal those misguided laws and restore our basic rights.

Same day registration to vote opens the door to fraud. New laws passed in 2013 brought this threat to Colorado. Registration a reasonable time ahead of an election and showing legitimate identification requires minimum personal responsibility to exercise this basic right.

As your legislator I will work to undo the State’s support of the federal government’s taking away your control of your child’s or grandchild’s education through the implementation of Common Core. Who knows better than you what is best for your child’s future? As a father and grandfather I trust you. I learned early in life that the person closest to the problem is best suited to solve it.

As your full-time representative, I promise to be available to your input at all times. My goal is to get back to your questions, concerns and suggestions within 24 hours.

I ask for your vote. Together we can forge better job opportunities for our children and grandchildren than we enjoy today. Let’s make Colorado family friendly, business friendly and job rich.

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