Ed Haynes Interview

Oct 282004
Authors: Brian Park

Ed Haynes is the Republican candidate running for the state

House of Representatives District 53 against incumbent Democrat

Angie Paccione.

Haynes was born in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and now resides in Fort

Collins. He graduated from Weber State College in 1972. In 1993, he

graduated from Army Management Staff College in Fort Belvoir, Va.,

from a 14-week graduate level course.

Haynes worked in the Natural Resources Conservation Services for

the Department of Agriculture in Fort Collins from 1994-2004. He is

now retired. He also served 27 years in the Army Reserve retiring

in 1997 as a master sergeant.

Q: Election Day is less than a week away. What is the most

important issue you want to address?

A: Rescuing higher education funding in the state of Colorado. I

think that the legislature absolutely must send a measure asking

them to retain part of the refund excess amount for higher

education, specifically targeted for higher education. The plan

that we’ve developed calls for $152 million to make up the cuts of

the last three fiscal years. Add an Amendment 23-like feature of

inflation plus 1 percent and (a feature that) lasts as long as

Amendment 23 lasts — giving us the next six fiscal years to deal

with the problem permanently. The nice thing about sending this

issue to the people is that it doesn’t require an amendment to (the

Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights) or (Amendment) 23. They can work on

those separately.

Q: I read on your Web site, “I envision a future where energy

needs are met but without sacrificing our clean air and water.” How

would you go about doing this?

A: There is a lot of clean coal in Colorado and if we can use

that clean coal we’ve got enough energy for 400 years. I believe we

need to use the resources that we’ve got. Renewable energy sources,

but I’m not a fan of the proposal that’s on the ballot (Amendment

37). I think it’s the right idea, but mandating it when good

heavens before this expires we might have some technology come

forward that’s better and we’ve mandated paying for this when we

got a better system over here. I trust the marketplace. I’m a

capitalist. I believe the capitalist system does the best job

possible of allocating scarce resources, whether it be capital,

labor, energy or money or physical resources. I want to make easier

for business to do business and generate our power requiring it.

Now that’s not to say that there aren’t sometimes when that

absolutely is required but I’m a fan of less government regulation

in the marketplace.

Q: How would you help create more jobs and improve the economy

of this area?

A: I would love to work to eliminate the business personal

property tax. I don’t know if that’s going to be possible in the

short run because (of) the impact of that spending initiative

especially in the downturn, but I believe that is a burden on

business we should focus on reducing. I want to make it possible

for insurance costs to come down. I want business to be able, for

Colorado to attract business outside of Colorado, clean business. I

want to be able to expand the business here by giving business the

ability to do business. I’ve been endorsed by the National

Federation of Independent Businesses and I am the business-friendly

candidate in this race. I’ll do everything I can to help business

create jobs and get government out of the back pocket of


Q: Voter turnout has been low for my demographic, ages 18 to 24.

What do you say to those people to get them out to vote?

A: I hope that they’re interested enough in their own futures to

study the issues and the candidates and go out there and vote. I

was a student a long time ago and I know how busy trying to get a

college degree makes you especially if you’re working to help put

yourself through school, so both of those things have a real impact

on voter turnout. I don’t disparage anybody who doesn’t have the

opportunity to go learn and study and visit and attend rallies and

all. But it is your future and if you aren’t awakened to

politician’s decisions while you’re young you’ll live with their

decisions when you’re older. If you want to see, as young people,

America take, or Colorado, or this house district take a particular

direction you’re only focusing on your own future when you get out

and involve yourself and vote. I think that should help motivate

young people to want to participate in the process.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to add?

A: On this program here for rescuing higher education, you know

Angie (Paccione) will try to tell you the Democrats tried to solve

this problem and she’s probably right.

But the Democratic approach to TABOR was to remove the spending

limits so the government could spend everything it kept and give

you a tax decrease of some few percentage points. This issue of

higher education funding in Colorado is not a Democrat issue or a

Republican issue, it’s not a conservative issue or a liberal issue;

it’s a Colorado issue. If we don’t work together as Coloradans then

we’re not going to solve this problem and we are going to pay. It

takes many years, perhaps decades, to build a great university

system like we have in Colorado. We can destroy it in three or four

more years with the kind of funding crisis we are going through

now. You can’t hire faculty, you can’t buy labs and you do the

kinds of things that make CSU, (the University of Colorado-Boulder)

and other universities, including Front Range (Community College),

great places. We have to get a measure to the people regardless of

partisanship, regardless of party and ask the people if they’re

serious about solving this problem and trust them to give the right


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