“Members of the Quality Community Group are stunned and extremely disappointed with the governor’s expressed intent to sign HB 1317,” the statement said. “All the arguments offered in support of this decision pale in comparison to the mandate to provide our men and women in uniform the necessary training to fight and win our nation’s wars, today and in the future.”
The statement went on to call the legislation an “aggressive assault” on the rights of land onwers. It said it “sends a chill throughout the fabric of the freedoms we enjoy” and that the group is “challenged and dismayed” that the governor took action without initiating dialogue .
Stephanie Finely, Springs chamber of commerce president of governmental affairs, said the strong message was necessary.
“It’s too important to the region,” she said. “This pits one community against another and that’s detrimental to our region. We need to help our elected officials understand that.”
The governor’s office has not responded to the message, and Finley doubts it will, but she hopes it will prompt more consideration about the Pikes Peak region in the future.
“We’re hoping this galvanizes the governor into a more thoughtful approach to our community,” she said. “What we’d like to see is some leadership in helping two groups come together to reach a concensus.”
The Quality Community Group is comprised of the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. and the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association.
Business groups are worried that the legislation will send a negative message to the Army and to the rest of the military in general, which is the cornerstone of the Springs economy.