"Jobs and the economy" are of the highest priority in the 2012 elections both nationally and here in Northwest Colorado. A robust economy and new job creation bring prosperity to our citizens as well as revenues to State and local governments. A robust economy will enable us to tackle the tough challenges of our time.
I believe excessive regulation and red-tape discourage new job creation and damage our state's economic recovery. New and existing small businesses can work and thrive in a reasonable, transparent regulatory environment. I will work hard to reform the process individuals and small businesses go through when creating or maintaining the viability of their small businesses.
I understand that jobs are created by small businesses, not by government. Free market capitalism brought our nation and our state to the highest level of prosperity of any civilization on the face of the earth. If allowed to flourish, economic freedom will accelerate our economic recovery and relieve the economic stress now felt by our people. Opportunities exist right now for economic expansion and new job creation in Northwest Colorado. We are blessed with abundant natural resources including, ironically, beetle-kill timber, coal, oil and natural gas. The diversity these resources bring to our economy combined with our exceptional natural beauty, recreational attractions, agriculture resources and tourism give us a unique opportunity to restore prosperity we enjoyed only a few years ago. With thoughtful leadership we do not have to choose between responsible resource development and environmental stewardship. We can and must do both. An integrated plan can be developed to benefit both the citizens of Colorado and the nation as a whole.
Northwest Colorado has a very bright future. With common sense political leadership and a willingness to responsibly use our God-given resources to the benefit of all of our citizens, we can lead the state and the nation in economic recovery. I will bring that leadership to the Colorado House." Chuck McConnell