Politicians Discuss Key Issues at Club 20 Spring Meeting
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Local politicians and Western Slope residents gathered at Colorado Mesa University for the 2013 Club 20 spring meeting. Folks listened to various speakers discussing issues including fracking and public lands management.
Governor Hickenlooper and Congressman Scott Tipton both gave remarks.
Rep. Tipton opened up the day, speaking about some of his proposed bills. Among them, the Forest Management Wildfire Act.
"We did not get in and treat those forests and have responsible management of them. This is a good programmatic way of being able to address it, to be able to make sure our forests are healthy, accessible and to achieve those side benefits," said Tipton.
Gov. Hickenlooper said, "What we're really focusing on is the economy. It's still, how do we make Colorado a magnet for entrepreneurs. We've got enough ideas, enough patents. What we don't have is businesses and entrepreneurs and turn them into jobs."
Hickenlooper says it's crucial to market Colorado only for tourism but for business.
He also touched on the fracking debate, saying that there's nothing worse than having to sue a town for banning it.