In Colorado, our unemployment has been falling, and job creation in certain sectors of our state is going strong. However, these numbers do not tell the complete story of Colorado’s economy. Despite these seemingly optimistic figures, many people across Colorado still struggle with underemployment, looking for more hours and income to try to make ends meet.
Much of the growth in Colorado’s economy has been centered on the Front Range, up and down the I-25 corridor. While I will champion policies that spur job growth throughout Colorado, as Governor I will never forget about rural Colorado and the Western Slope, whose priorities have too often have been forgotten in the halls of our State Capitol.
Small businesses are the driving force behind Colorado’s economy, adding up to nearly half of all jobs in the state. Creating a positive business environment that does not pick winners and losers, and works for businesses big and small, will be essential to restoring equitable growth that extends to all Coloradans in all corners of our great state. As Governor, I will apply a strict cost-benefit analysis to any bill that crosses my desk, and will work actively with the legislature to promote common sense solutions that will create jobs and improve the lives of families across our state.