Residents invited to meet the governor

Owens plans to answer questions on state's issues

Gov. Bill Owens and three of his cabinet members will stop in Craig on Wednesday for a town meeting.

Craig is one of five Western Slope towns that Owens plans to visit Wednesday as he answers questions on TABOR, Amendment 23 and state water issues.

"The governor likes to get out of Denver and visit all over Colorado as much as he can to see what is going on with local leaders and constituents," deputy press secretary Sarah Bramwell said.

Bramwell describes Owens' town meetings as local "state of the state" addresses and a chance to hear issues facing residents.

Coming with Owens will be Russell George, executive director of the Department of Natural Resources; Mike Beasley, director of the Department of Local Affairs; and Bob lee, chief of staff.

Press Secretary Dan Hopkins said the men were chosen because of their connection to the Western Slope.

The men are not scheduled to speak, but can help with questions.

Working with grant funding across the state, Beasley knows the issues facing local governments better than any other member, Hopkins said.

George will be helpful in answering questions about issues from the Division of Wildlife, a topic that comes up frequently on the Western Slope, Hopkins said.

Overseeing the state's Colorado Water Conservation Board and Colorado Division of Water Resources, George also will be available for questions on state water issues that residents could have, Hopkins said.

In the other stops the governor has made, Hopkins said that TABOR and Amendment 23 have been the top issues on people's minds.

TABOR is a law that limits tax revenues governments can raise and spend each year.

Amendment 23 is a state law requiring the state to increase funding for public education annually.

Owens also will stop in Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction, Montrose and Delta on Wednesday.

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