- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

DENVER (AP) - The four Republican gubernatorial contenders in Tuesday’s primary answer questions about what policies they’d pursue if elected. Here, they talk about Colorado’s economy.

Each responded in writing. Answers were edited for space reasons.


Q: The state economy has been improving the last couple of years. But is there anything more that you think state government should be doing to make sure the economy here continues to grow?

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez: On day one, I will remove all useless anti-jobs, anti-freedom regulation. If a policy isn’t about uplifting Coloradans, it’s gone. I will empower Colorado businesses to innovate and prosper, without government intervention. While our neighboring states have made themselves more competitive, Colorado has become less competitive. As a result, jobs are going to those states instead. As governor, I will put the welcome mat out for U.S. companies to move to Colorado.

Former Secretary of State Scott Gessler: Our employment rate still lags behind neighboring states, and energy development lags behind Wyoming and North Dakota. We need a governor that will actually cut regulations and unlock business growth. Certain taxes like the business personal property tax hurt Colorado’s economic growth. And finally, energy development can provide jobs and income, so we need to support the industry while ensuring safety.

Former state Sen. Mike Kopp: As the Republican leader in the Colorado Senate, I introduced sweeping reforms to cut our bloated regulatory system down to size and immediately trim the state government across the board. These unnecessary regulations aren’t just a nuisance; they are costing us jobs.

As governor, I will continue this fight with a goal of cutting the cost of being a regulated business by 25% and I’ll cut the cost of state government so it is once again put in the back seat where it belongs. I’ll eliminate the business personal property tax and end the practice of driving up energy costs through government mandates. I’ll appoint strict constructionist judges to serve on the bench so that our cherished taxpayer protections are secure.

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo: Economic diversification is the key to the long-term well-being of the state. We cannot rely on any single industry, including oil and gas, to be the engine of prosperity. I’m keenly interested in limiting the size and scope of government. This most definitely includes reducing the regulatory burden on businesses so they can grow.

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