It looks like the future of the expensive and controversial new state logo may still be up in the air. The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels is reporting that the non-nonsense State Representative Bob Rankin, a Republican Army veteran and businessman from the Roaring Fork Valley, is looking to introduce a bill to immediately halt expending resources in transitioning to the new logo. Rankin also wants the citizens of Colorado to vote on the adoption of the new logo in the form of a ballot measure in the November 2014 election.
In the summer of 2013, the Hickenlooper administration made waves by unveiling three underwhelming finalists for a new state logo, and selecting a winner that looked strangely similar to the registered trademark of the Sugarloaf Ski Area and carbon monoxide warning signs.
The logo was part of Hickenlooper’s six-part plan to improve the Colorado economy. Ironically, the Hickenlooper Administration and its allies in the Democrat-controlled legislature have spent the last year taking steps that run exactly counter to the goals outlined in his plan.
His first priority included being “frugal with tax dollars.” (see: logo, Amendment 66) What a great idea – sadly, Hickenlooper is doing the exact opposite. In his next priority, he aimed to “retain business.” We all know how that is going (see Magpul). In his third priority, Hickenlooper stressed the need for “capital formation,” yet the governor threw his political capital behind a job killing tax increase that would have driven capital away from our state in search of friendlier environments.
The hyper-partisanship already exhibited this year by those on the left is not going to stop Republican lawmakers, grounded in real real word experience, from bringing forward a debate on the issues that are most important to this state’s workers, businesses, and families.