Today kicked off the first meeting of the Polis Commission, or the oil and gas task force to solve world peace for those of you at home. While there was a cocktail reception/meet and greet earlier for all the committee members, it was thrown together at the last minute (like many of Hick’s initiatives) and half of those on the commission couldn’t even attend. So, today is the day.
Here are a few things that we bet you won’t hear from the fractivists at the Commission today:
- Weld County property taxes – including those of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis – are going down because of the oil and gas boom in the County. While lower property taxes may be just spare change to Polis, who is rumored to be worth at least $70 million and who may not even pay the correct property taxes anyway, it makes a difference for families.
- The oil and gas industry contributes $30 billion to Colorado’s economy, and pays for schools and other community benefits.
- Weld County also had the top job growth in the nation due to the oil and gas industry’s investment there.
- Every job in oil and gas creates four jobs in other industries.
- Taking away property rights could endanger the financial health of communities.
- This entire commission sends a red flag to any business considering coming to Colorado that our activists could attack without any warning and without any leadership (ahem, Hick), could drive business from the state.
- Preventing domestic energy development could lead to higher energy costs for middle class families.
From all accounts, opening day seems to be fairly boring. But, each side is just getting warmed up. Let the political theater begin. Pass the popcorn.