The issue: Colorado’s governor is coming to the Springs for a free town hall.
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What we think: Like him or not, Gov. Polis has had a dramatic impact on state politics.
Here’s your headline: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to participate in a free town hall starting at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Sierra High School, 2250 Jet Wing Drive.
The event is free and open to the public, and will allow for limited questions from the audience. The town hall is a joint effort of the CSBJ and its sister publications, the Colorado Springs Independent and the Southeast Express. We’re delighted to be able to introduce the governor to both the Sierra High community and the evolving Southeast part of town, an area our papers have been diligently working to highlight.
Now, whether or not you agree with the governor’s politics, there’s no arguing that he has been busy, so far. He delivered the “blue wave” to Denver while at the top of the ticket. Moreover, in a little more than four months the governor:
• Approved Colorado’s opt-in to the National Popular Vote, which could change how we pick a president. (NPV is a national movement. Once states representing 270 of the 538 electoral college votes — the current majority for a win — pass NPV legislation, they collectively are legally bound to give all their electoral votes to the candidate that wins the national popular vote.) To date, legislatures from states totaling 189 electors have passed NPV legislation;
• Signed the so-called “red flag bill,” which allows the court to temporarily remove someone’s guns if that person is deemed a threat to themselves or others;
• Signed a bill that ensures local governments have dramatically more control over oil and gas development in their jurisdictions; and
• Approved a $30.5 billion budget that includes $175 million for free full-day kindergarten.
Then there are proposals he has advocated for that are still in the works (as of this writing), like:
• A ballot measure that would dramatically increase taxes on nicotine and e-cigarettes. It’s an effort to stem underage nicotine vaping, something Polis on April 24 said has hit “epidemic” levels; and
• Making adjustments to the state’s comprehensive sex education curriculum to prohibit religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines; the use of shame-based language or instructional tools; or the exclusion of relational or sexual experiences of the LGBTQ community, among others.
Another Polis-supported effort, a family medical leave insurance program, would have provided workers with a percent of their wages when they took leave for certain, qualified events. State Democrats abandoned that proposal, replacing it with a bill to study the feasibility of the concept before bringing it back in the 2020 session.
Do you agree with the governor’s policies? Here’s your chance to ask him about any or all of them, or whatever else is on your mind.
We’re excited about this. We believe that a well-informed, educated populace is critical to the economic and civic health of our city, communities and neighborhoods. Study after study has shown us that when newspapers don’t challenge their readers to be engaged — or worse, don’t exist in a community at all — citizen participation drops and disenfranchisement increases.
Simply put, active debate leads to an informed citizenry, and informed citizens make better decisions.
So join us! We advise you to arrive by 4:45 p.m. to secure a seat, and note that no placards or signs will be allowed inside. We look forward to the lively conversation you will help us create with the governor.
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