Protesting workers are ‘totally disgusted’ with their governor
Stage protestat annual Club 20 meeting
A governor kept out of Grand Junction on Saturday partly because of weather problems would have faced a flurry of protesters had he arrived.
More than 50 people turned out at Two Rivers Convention Center to oppose Gov. Bill Ritter’s tax policies and new oil and gas rules. They had hoped to give the governor an earful before Ritter delivered a luncheon address at the Club 20 spring meeting.
As it turned out, a combination of weather and mechanical problems with an airplane prevented Ritter from making the trip.
But that didn’t keep the protesters from displaying signs and stickers with messages that included: “Ritter Ruled Us Out” and “I’m Bitter About Ritter.”
“We’re just totally disgusted with Ritter and his policies,” said Mike Gregg of Grand Junction.
The rally brought together a loose coalition of interests. Gregg objected to Ritter’s support of a hike in vehicle registration fees and a freeze on school district mill levies.
“He’s just taxing us more and more. People can’t afford it,” Gregg said.
Richard Schoenradt, a real estate agent, called Ritter “the furthest thing from pro-business that I’ve seen.”
He and others were concerned Saturday with the stricter oil and gas development rules that were sought by Ritter and took effect this month.