Stellar service as state treasurer makes him best choice for chief executive
DENVER, Oct. 9, 2018 — The political action committee for Colorado’s leading small-business association today announced its endorsement of Walker Stapleton for governor.
“In a state increasingly driven by special interests and top-down government bloat, Walker Stapleton has singularly focused on protecting the financial well-being of Colorado families and businesses,” said Tony Gagliardi, NFIB’s Colorado state director, speaking for the NFIB Colorado PAC, which made the endorsement of Stapleton. “That’s why Colorado voters have entrusted him with two four-year terms as their state treasurer. He would bring to the governor’s office a record of stellar accomplishments unseen in any prior candidate in our lifetime.”
“Every single year that Walker Stapleton has been charged with investing Coloradans’ tax dollars, the state has made money and beat investment benchmarks,” said Gagliardi. “None of these efforts were lost on Colorado voters, who in 2014 comfortably re-elected him for a second term as state treasurer.”
Two of Stapleton’s accomplishment stood out the most for Gagliardi:
- In 2011, when Standard and Poor’s downgraded U.S. credit ratings, county treasurers found themselves no longer able to invest their county’s tax dollars into U.S. bonds, costing counties across Colorado and the nation millions of dollars. Stapleton immediately recognized the real ramifications that this would have on Colorado communities, and in collaboration with county treasurers across the state, led the passage of bipartisan legislation to allow Colorado counties to continue to invest in U.S. treasuries. Achieving this saved Colorado communities millions of dollars.
- In 2013, Stapleton led the fight to defeat Amendment 66, a proposed billion-dollar tax increase that provided no safeguards for where Coloradans’ hard-earned tax dollars would have been allocated. The measure failed by a nearly two-to-one margin.
NFIB Colorado PAC made its endorsement of Stapleton after 82.6 percent of NFIB Colorado members surveyed said he was their choice.
Jared Polis, Stapleton’s opponent, also has a record but not one he should be proud of, said Gagliardi. “In the last two sessions of Congress, Polis’ pro-small-business voting records have been 7 percent and 0 percent respectively, and he seems untroubled and cavalier about it.”
For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.
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