Denver Post Voter Guide
How would you deal with the rising cost of tuition?
Freeze tuition; Cut spending; Control costs. A tuition freeze is neither extreme nor impossible. At least one university recently announced a tuition cut.
Would you support asking voters to increase taxes for higher education?
No; these times demand fiscal restraint. An improved job market will increase state revenue and funding for higher education. In 2008 voters rejected a request for taxes for higher education.
What is the key difference between you and your opponent?
Legislative experience: I passed numerous bills to help higher education. Three-term state representative, House Education Committee / House Appropriations Committee. Broad public and private sector experience.
Do you support providing reduced tuition for children of illegal immigrants?
In fairness to all Colorado students, we cannot make exceptions for illegal immigrants who, by definition, are breaking federal law. The federal government must reform immigration law. This
year's immigrant tuition bill would have helped only 250 students. Our state would be far better off to hold the line on tuition for all high school graduates.The CU system enrolls far too few
minoraity groups. Tuition and fees are much too high for many minority families.
Should the legislature pass a law allowing the university to set its own policies on carrying weapons on campus?
The legislature can act only in accordance with the United States Constitution. State courts have already ruled against CU's attempted limitations on concealed carry. At this time, CU believes that more recent restrictions will pass court muster. Other Colorado campuses already allow concealed carry without problems.
Please list the two or three most important issues to your campaign:
Two issues: Focus in four main areas: Training in marketable skills for our job market; Continuing education to maintain workplace skills; Cross-training into new career fields. World-class postgraduate research/development/training. Use 21st century teaching methods to provide a quality education without indebtedness.