Mayors Against Proposition 112 To Rally Today at Colorado State Capitol
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Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Tracee Bentley to join bipartisan coalition of over 40 mayors in opposition to prohibitive setback measure
DENVER, October 16, 2018 – The Colorado Petroleum Council will join Mayors Against Proposition 112, a bipartisan coalition of over 40 current and former mayors from across the state, for a rally at the Colorado State Capitol at noon in opposition to the statewide setback measure.
“These mayors are dedicating their personal time and resources to today’s rally because they know that Proposition 112 would be devastating to their communities,” said Tracee Bentley, Executive Director of the Colorado Petroleum Council. “This measure would inflict budgetary pain across the board. From reduced school funding to fewer resources for our first responders, there are no winners if Proposition 112 passes.
“The measure would cause immense damage to Colorado’s economy well beyond the energy industry. According to the nonpartisan Common Sense Policy Roundtable, 77 percent of the nearly 150,000 jobs that the measure would eliminate would be outside of the natural gas and oil industry. These mayors understand better than most what’s at stake in their own communities. I applaud them for standing arm-in-arm to fight this disastrous proposal.”
Johnstown Mayor Scott James formed Mayors Against Proposition 112 shortly after the measure qualified for November’s ballot. In a few short weeks, James and his colleagues have grown the mayoral coalition across party lines, providing Colorado voters a better understanding of the devastating local impacts should the proposition pass.
“I started Mayors Against Proposition 112 with hopes that a few of my colleagues in Weld County would join me,” noted James. “I never imagined that the coalition would grow into a truly statewide movement, but its growth speaks to the staggering impact Proposition 112 would have on Colorado communities. From Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, our organization is proudly inclusive of all political persuasions.
“Proposition 112 would rob local communities of crucial funding for schools, hospitals and first responders. This isn’t about politics. It’s a referendum on our Western way of life. On behalf of the communities we serve, Mayors Against Proposition 112 will continue the fight to defeat this harmful measure every day between now and Election Day.”
Today’s rally begins at 12:00 PM on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol. The gathering will feature numerous members of the mayoral coalition, natural gas and oil industry employees, and grassroots supporters from across the state.
Mayors Against Proposition 112 includes:
The Colorado Petroleum Council is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans.