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Puebloans have paid a tax to increase our police force. Unfortunately, this has not reduced our growing crime rate. According to the FBI, Pueblo suffers not only from the highest crime rate in the nation, we are also deemed the most dangerous city in Colorado. Since the beginning of 2021, we have had a record number of drive-by shootings and domestic violence has increased. Due to the COVID, they have ceased arresting for non-violent crimes while allowing theft and drug offenses to be ticketed instead. Our jail has been as high as 150% occupancy for years, gang violence continues to grow, and drug use is at an all-time high. Law and order in this community has still not be restored since the COVID restrictions began. It’s time we get our community back on track!
We must build Pueblo’s economic success through the following actions:
In the late ’80s, Pueblo was deemed the most economical city in America. Some of the same companies that contributed to that recognition no longer exist. Puebloans have been contributing towards job creation through taxation. Yet we are still suffering from a lack of job opportunities. How is this acceptable? How did we become a society that allows the cost of living to increase without a corresponding increase in wages? Without sustainable jobs, Puebloans have less money to spend. Maybe it’s time we ask PEDCO to reinvent the wheel in order to keep their organization funded through the sales tax revenue.
Too often government officials and bureaucrats are determined to limit the opportunity for disclosure and honest dialogue. Transparency is the foundation of trust between a people and their state and that basis of the faith of our nation. It is what first formed the strength of this community and will restore it once again.
It is from the people that a government derives its power. Therefore it is to the people that all public employees, elected, appointed, or otherwise, owe their loyalty and will answer when their contract or elected term expires. The government must honor the source of its power and act only to fulfill the will of the people.
A leader in government must strive to take less rather than do more. Getting the government out of the way of private citizens and business is the best way to serve a community. "The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Regan