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Jan 13, 2010 4:01 PM by Andy Koen

McInnis pushes for job growth in campaign stop

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis called for stronger relationships with the energy industry and the military to create jobs in Colorado.

Delivering what he called phase one of his Strategic Plan for Colorado, the former Congressman told business leaders in Colorado Springs Wednesday that ,if elected, his priorities for job creation would be to end energy regulations imposed by Governor Bill Ritter and the Democratic controlled legislature which he contends forced energy companies and jobs out of the state.

He also gave his support to an expansion of the Army's proposed Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site saying that his first official visit in office would be to the Pentagon to tell military planners that they have a friend in office in Colorado.

He also said he would roll back the largely unpopular vehicle registration fees and property tax freeze enacted by the current administration.  McInnis called the measures taxes that were not held to a public vote required as is required by Tax Payers Bill of Rights.

McInnis appeared cleanly shaven, without the trade-mark moustache that he had long worn.  When asked about the change, McInnis said that he had shaved it off over the weekend after losing a bet over whether the Denver Broncos would make the playoffs.

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