Cathy Proctor – Reporter-Denver Business Journal – May 8, 2014
Former Democratic Colorado Gov. Roy Romer is succinct in summing up his thoughts on the myriad of proposed state ballot issues that, if approved by voters, will write new regulations into the state’s constitution that affect the state’s oil, natural gas and business interests.
They’re “stupid” and “dumb,” Romer said during a panel discussion Thursday at the 2014 “State of the State” luncheon sponsored by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
The luncheon included talks by Gov. John Hickenlooper, who gave his wrapup of the 2014 legislative session, which ended Wednesday; Jim Lochhead, the CEO and manager of Denver Water, on the challenges facing the state’s water supplies; and a panel discussion by Romer and former Republican Gov. Bill Owens that was moderated by chamber President and CEOKelly Brough.
“These ballot issues are intended to ban oil and gas in Colorado,” Brough said.
“The choice on the ballot is: should they be on the ballot and in our constitution forever? Or should we continue to work together [to address the issues]?” Brough said.