Bernie Buescher Reply: The Armstrong Survey for 2006 Colorado Candidates

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Bernie Buescher Reply: The Armstrong Survey for 2006 Colorado Candidates

Please see The Armstrong Survey for 2006 Colorado Candidates for more information about the survey and a complete list of candidates who have replied.

Editor's disclaimer: I am posting the replies of all specified candidates who send them in, "complete and unedited," as stated in the survey. The publication of a candidate's replies here in no way implies support or agreement with that candidate's views by me, Linn Armstrong, the Colorado Freedom Report, or any other party. -- Ari Armstrong


Bernie Buescher, House District 55, Democrat

**Introduction**

As your State Representative, I am committed to positive change and legislation that makes people's lives better. Over the last two years, we have been able to make many positive changes:

* Property tax relief for many seniors with reinstatement of the Senior Homestead Property Tax Exemption.

* The Inter basin Water Compact Committee, charged with negotiating fair and reasonable use of our state's water.

* Helping families who struggle to pay skyrocketing energy bills

* Putting our state employees' pension system back on solid ground

* Fully funding Mesa State College

* Helping local wineries expand sales to other states and encouraging this growing industry's use of Colorado-grown ingredients

* Recognizing the immeasurable contributions of our veterans by funding the Western Slope Military Veterans Cemetery

Two years ago I said we could do better for our children, seniors, businesses, infrastructure, and natural resources. And, I believe we have done better. But it has only been possible through hard work, creative thinking, and collaboration.

I am committed to positive, constructive campaigning. My campaign message this fall is dedicated to showing voters what our state has accomplished and talking about the challenges that are ahead. I am honored by the support that has allowed me to work for you as your state representative in House District 55 and as chairman of the Joint Budget Committee.

Representing the people of western Colorado is about finding common ground and workable solutions. I pledge myself to those efforts.

**Property Rights**

Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE the use of eminent domain for purposes of economic development and/or generating tax revenues?

Oppose

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation repealing the state-wide smoking ban (except in government buildings)?

No. I supported the Colorado Clean Air Act.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation prohibiting local governments from imposing smoking bans (except in government buildings)?

No

**Civil Arms**

In Alaska, citizens can carry concealed weapons for noncriminal purposes without a permit, or they can get a permit recognized by other states. Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation creating a concealed weapons system in Colorado like that in Alaska?

I have an A rating from the NRA, and have been endorsed by the NRA in this race. The next several questions are impossible to answer without examining the particular legislation that is proposed. I am a strong supporter of the second amendment, and generally oppose any attempts to limit a citizen's rights.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation to prohibit private citizens from ever carrying a concealed weapon?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation to allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon only with the permission and at the discretion of a law enforcement agent?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation to repeal background registration checks for private sales at gun shows?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation forcing gun owners to lock up their defensive firearms?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation adding legal liability specifically to gun owners who do not lock up their defensive firearms?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation restricting the number of firearms that a citizen may purchase in a given time period? If you would sponsor or support such legislation, please specify the restrictions you favor.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation further restricting the types of firearms that a citizen may purchase? If you would sponsor or support such legislation, please list all particular restrictions you would support.

**Corporate Welfare**

Article XI, Section 2 of Colorado's Constitution states, "Neither the state, nor any county, [etc.]... shall make any donation or grant to, or in aid of... any corporation or company..." However, according to the Economic Development reports available at http://www.state.co.us/oed/edc/EDC-Reports.cfm, the state has offered corporate welfare to such corporations as Intel, Raytheon, Kodak, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation eliminating all corporate welfare to for-profit corporations?

I support properly designed Economic Development Incentives; the creation and promotion of quality jobs is a valid role of government.

The state has also offered subsidies to such entities as the Limon Golf Course and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation eliminating all economic subsidies?

Oppose. I have supported the economic subsidies for the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, as a portion of our partnership with New Mexico and the economic development of a very depressed region of our state.

**Amendments and Referenda**

Please state whether you SUPPORT or OPPOSE each of the following measures:

Amendment 38, Petitions

Oppose

Amendment 39, School District Spending Requirements

Oppose

Amendment 40, Term Limits for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Judges

Oppose

Amendment 41, Standards of Conduct in Government

[No answer]

Amendment 42, Colorado Minimum Wage

I support an increase in the minimum wage, but it should not be in the Constitution

Amendment 43, Marriage

Support

Amendment 44, Marijuana Possession

Oppose

Referendum E, Property Tax Reduction for Disabled Veterans

Support

Referendum F, Recall Deadlines

Support

Referendum G, Obsolete Constitutional Provisions

Support

Referendum H, Limiting a State Business Income Tax Deduction

Support

Referendum I, Domestic Partnerships

Oppose

Referendum J, School District Spending Requirements

Oppose

Referendum K, Immigration Lawsuit Against Federal Government

Support

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