Colorado Governor Bill Owens visited the Western Slope Thursday in an effort to drum up support for Referenda C and D. During his last planned visit to Grand Junction before the November first election the governor spoke to a crowd at Mesa State College. He's hoping his presence here will sway voters to vote yes on Referenda C and D.
The ballot measures ask voters to lift state revenue limits or TABOR for the next five years, which Owens says will help fund higher education and healthcare programs such as Medicaid, two areas that saw dramatic budget cuts when the state fell into a recession in 2001.
Referendum D would allow the state to issue close to $2.1 billion in bonds to fix the state's roads and schools as well as fund police and fire department pension funds.
Owens says C and D must pass in order to keep Colorado moving forward during this time of economic recovery.
The event was made possible by the Mesa State Student Government and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.
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