Candidate For Governor Walker Stapleton, Republican, On The Record

Source: CPR

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Full Interview

Read the full interview with CPR here

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Conservative Perspective

Read more about what Walker Stapleton stands for here

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Left Perspective

Read about the left's perspective on Stapleton from the New York Times

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Walker Stapleton touts his combination of experience in the private sector and as Colorado's treasurer as key to his quest to become Colorado's governor. Stapleton was elected to that post in 2010 after a career as an investment banker, at California tech startups and as the head of a publicly traded real-estate investment company. His roots in Colorado span four generations.

Interview Highlights

Where he stands on dueling proposals to fund transportation, the "single greatest problem Colorado faces":

"I support the bonding proposal. I do not support the sales tax proposal in its current form. I believe the department can and should do more. I believe we have dedicated sources of revenue in the general fund that we could and should be using for further bonding for our roads and infrastructure. And before you actually ask government to be an equal player, or a large player, in spending ... I believe asking voters for a tax increase is the cart before the horse, and if you look, it has not worked when it's been referred to the ballots."

The financial strain pensions put on schools:

"What's happening is it's robbing Peter to pay Paul. They're either freezing teacher salaries or cutting it by the amount that they have to contribute into the pension system into the back end. Teachers are actually suffering the impact of the pension's liability in today's real dollar payments."

If the feds switched to Medicaid block grants, here's how he'd spend them:

"A managed Medicaid model means the following: It means a proliferation of community health care centers. I've got three young kids, and I've got a little clinic at King Soopers across the street. When my kids get sick, I joke that I need a lifetime supply of Amoxicillin ...  I take my kids across the street to an RN, and I pay $10 to $15 for a copay. The pharmacy is right there. If I took them to their pediatrician, I'd be paying four times as much and the insurance company would be billing me six or seven times as much. That is not a cost- effective model."

Responding to critics who say he tried to kill a bill overhauling state employee pensions:

"No Republican would ever tell you that because it's not true. I wanted  to try and get the best deal possible until the last minute possible. I was not physically even at the legislature. I think I was asleep by the time they finally passed the deal. But I think it was a necessary step ... I would urge Gov. Hickenlooper to sign the bill because the cost of not doing anything outweighs the cost of action in this case."