Tells Farm Bureau That Proposed Tax Hikes Will Hurt Agriculture Jobs
(DENVER) – Stressing that farmers and ranchers would be hit hard by Democrat-sponsored tax increases now under consideration by the state Legislature, gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis today said the top priority for state government now and in the future must be job creation and economic recovery.
In remarks this afternoon to the Colorado Farm Bureau legislative conference, McInnis underscored his "Jobs First" plan, which will view all budget actions through the prism of whether they help or hurt job creation. "Our farmers and ranchers work hard and live on razor-thin margins in the best years," he said. "Raising taxes in tough times will leave deep wounds in the agricultural community, without a doubt. These families, and our state, deserve better. I will take a different approach that puts jobs first, because that is the only way Colorado will see lasting economic recovery."
McInnis, a fourth-generation Coloradan whose family has farming and ranching roots, reiterated his call on the Denver Mayor to join with him in opposing the Democrat plan to raise taxes by ending certain tax exemptions. McInnis invited the Mayor to accompany him in person to the State Capitol to unite against the tax increases. The Mayor has not responded.
"I'm frankly disappointed that the Denver Mayor can't seem to make up his mind about whether he is for or against tax hikes that farmers, ranchers – and other sectors of the business community – say will kill jobs and make our state less competitive," McInnis said. "You can't have it both ways, as leaders a stand needs to be taken as I have done with my Platform for Prosperity. Since the Mayor's silent, I have to assume he's for the tax hikes."
--Submitted to The Watch by Scott McInnis for Governor