by Pam Zubeck
You know you're in the midst of a movement when Democrat Rep. Michael Merrifield and Republican County Commissioner Sallie Clark are rallying for the same cause.
Today, those elected officials and about 70 other people attended a gathering at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum gazebo to urge voters to defeat Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, a trio of statewide ballot measures that would lower taxes, restrict borrowing and, many say, cost jobs.
A lineup of speakers included D-11 board member Bob Null, UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Michael Gifford, executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Colorado, among several others. Drifting through the crowd, you could see just about every mover and shaker in the city: developer John Cassiani, Vice Mayor Larry Small, attorney and former Manitou Springs mayor Dan Stuart, Economic Development Corp. executive Mike Kazmierski, city spokeswoman Sue Skiffington-Blumberg, District Attorney Dan May and state Attorney General John Suthers.
Gifford warned that should the measures pass, the state stands to lose 100,000 jobs, more than the 60,000 construction jobs wiped out by the recession.
"We don't want to double down on this recession," Gifford said, noting the measures stop the state from investing in its future through infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and schools.
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