by elpresidente | 4:44 pm, January 29, 2010 | Comments Off
January 29, 2010
Mayor John Hickenlooper
City and County Building
Denver, CO 80202
Dear Mr. Mayor:
I am writing to reinforce the offer that I made during our conversation at lunch for us to work together to oppose tax increases now being considered by the Legislature. If there is one point that I hope we can agree on, it is that tax increases in the midst of very tough economic times are job killers, and will draw revenue away from the ailing state budget.
My preference, as I said to you, is that we go to the Capitol together and express our concern in person, and I’m sorry that you are reluctant to do so. Nonetheless, please consider joining with me in sending a letter to the Legislature opposing the controversial and counter-productive measures that will suspend or eliminate tax exemptions. One of us will face the challenge of jump-starting the Colorado economy through job creation, and we should be clear and unambiguous about how higher taxes will stifle that effort.
We must send a strong and principled message that the best route to economic recovery is found in policies that foster growth in the private sector, not through pumping more money into government. This is not a time for ambiguity. With hundreds of Coloradans on average losing their jobs every single day, and with the recent news that unemployment has climbed again, we must aggressively support the call from key leaders in the business community to fight back against these tax hikes.
I was pleased to see, in a recent television interview, that you agreed with me that raising taxes in the midst of a recession is a bad idea. However, I was puzzled by your comments in a subsequent newspaper article – and in person today — which muddle and confuse your position on these and other tax increases.
This is not a time for ambiguity. Businesses and families deserve a clear answer to the simple question of whether we are for tax increases as our state struggles through a difficult economy. I am not. Are you?
Joining together with the business community in opposing these tax hikes is vital to ensuring that Colorado can begin to recover its rightful place as an economic leader among the states. I hope you will join with me, and I look forward to your response
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