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Doug Robinson, Republican candidate for governor. I’m also a father, a husband, an outdoorsman, an executive, a lay pastor, a football fan, a triathlete, and a history buff. Learn more about my background.
Governor of Colorado
Unlike the other candidates in this race, I’m running for governor to do something, not just be something. Colorado’s had too many elected officials who deliver a lot of talk but no action. I want to build a Colorado that gets the government off the backs of Coloradans, and lets them lead the way. We need a pragmatic, long-term vision for our state that looks beyond just four years; one that asks, what do we want Colorado to look like in 20, or 40 years? We’re at a critical point in our history. We need a governor who’s committed to making the tough choices to build the future we want for our state and for our children.
Fixing our transportation system, improving our schools, and solving our drug problem.
Colorado’s population has increased dramatically over the last 20 years, but our investment in our roads has been stagnant. We need to actually make fixing our roads a priority, and when I’m governor it will be. Read more about my policy.
We need to be providing more flexibility in our education system -- both to parents, and schools. Parents should have the choice of where to send their students, and schools should have the flexibility to hire the right person for the job. Read more about my policy.
I was against the passage of Amendment 64. That said, Coloradans have spoken, and as governor, it would be my duty to uphold the will of the voters. I’ve been a steadfast advocate for thoughtful regulation that gets marijuana out of the hands of our kids and helps law enforcement officers shut down the black markets. We need to ensure that Coloradans are getting the marijuana industry they were promised. Read more about my policy.
Those in charge of PERA have failed Colorado. We have a $36 billion dollar unfunded liability, and leadership that has been completely ineffective in reigning that in. We need decisive action if we’re going to keep PERA from sinking our state’s economy. I believe we need to change the makeup of the PERA board, and make sure that those in charge of the fund have actual experience in finance and investing and fewer are beneficiaries.
The oil and gas industry plays a vital role in Colorado. It contributes almost 10% of GDP in the state and over $1.2 billion in revenues to government. The people in the oil and gas industry also want to enjoy our pristine environment without pollution and contamination. We can balance these competing demands by supporting common sense regulations, which allow our industry to provide good jobs and also protect our environment.
Too many Coloradans are suffering from skyrocketing healthcare costs. Premiums continue to rise and show little sign of slowing down. Instead of continuing to promote a system that hasn’t been working, let’s look for new solutions. Flexible, patient-centered clinics are sprouting up across Colorado, as Coloradans take matters into their own hands. Let Coloradans lead the way on healthcare, while also promoting prevention and healthy living.
We should be exploring all forms of transportation for our future. What Colorado has seriously lacked is a long-term vision for what we would like our transportation to look like 10, 20, 30 years down the line. That said, RTD has failed to deliver on the last major investment taxpayers gave them -- the line from Denver to Boulder. We have to demand more of these agencies before we give them more authority.
We already have the Colorado Water Plan; the biggest problem is that there’s been no leadership to actually act on the plan. The water demands in Colorado are only going to grow in the coming years. We need to act quickly to expand the water storage we already have, and begin looking at other water storage alternatives, less transmission loss and encourage more conservation.
The economic boom that we all hear so much about hasn’t spread to all Coloradans; low wages and skyrocketing housing prices have forced many Coloradans onto the streets. We need to work with nonprofit groups to increase the amount of affordable housing in Colorado, and work with our schools, universities, and business owners to ensure that Colorado workers are being prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.
TABOR is an essential protection for Colorado taxpayers. I am a strong TABOR supporter, and I think it’s a bulwark for our State. If it weren’t for TABOR, we’d be California already.
I believe in the inspired nature of the U.S. Constitution, including the second Amendment. Law abiding citizens have every right to keep and bear arms whether it be for self defense or for recreation.
We are a nation of laws. The cities of Colorado need to comply with federal law and enforce our immigration laws. That being said, I don’t think it's fair that Coloradans are footing the bill for a federal government that is unwilling or unable to enforce its own rules. Whether we like them or not we have a duty to enforce our laws at all levels of government.
I support the use of the death penalty for the most heinous crimes.
The natural beauty of Colorado is part of what brought so many of us here. We have to be faithful stewards of the land, ensuring that future generations can enjoy all the benefit our environment has to offer.
I am pro-life. I believe in exceptions in cases of incest, rape and the life of the mother.
I respect the decision of the Supreme Court.