Mesa County Political Parties Talk Job Growth
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Labor Day is typically a time for relaxation, but for local political parties, it's just a reminder of how important job growth and creation will be for our president over the next four years.
The Mesa County Republicans say the three biggest changes that will help job growth and Western Colorado, if Mitt Romney is elected, are the removal of regulations for responsible drilling, tax cuts on business owners making $250,000 or more and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
"For jobs here in Mesa County, Romney would release a lot of the federal lands for responsible drilling and more exploration for oil shale," said Ruth Ehlers, chair of the Mesa County Republicans.
However, the Mesa County Democrats see it a different way and believe that President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act needs to be passed to return Western Colorado's economic health.
"It's called the Jobs Act and the whole purpose of it is he wants teachers, firefighters and police officers to be back on the streets. Also if there are some construction projects that need to be done around the community, there will be funding for that, too," said Karl Castleton, co-chair of the Mesa County Democrats.
Colorado is one of many swing states, and with job creation at the forefront of each candidate's agenda, both Mitt Romney and President Obama will be vying for Colorado's nine electoral votes.