Congrats to Walker Stapleton ’96, who won the Republican primary for Colorado state Treasurer. I seem to recall Walker being heavily involved in leadership roles of conservative campus activities back in the day, including the Observer / Free Press (too bad those aren’t around any more, Kane would have had a field day featuring their articles) and the college Republicans.  And of course, thanks to his family connections, the Class of 1996 was treated to a commencement address by George H.W. Bush.  If Walker wins, he will face the same dilemma as many state-level budget managers: budgets that are absolutely crippled by unfunded pension liabilities which states simply can’t afford, but limitations on the ability to control those costs due to the (justifiable) claim by those owed benefits that the pensions constitute a form of contractually-mandated deferred compensation.  A Catch-22 of staggering proportions, without any easy answers …

If Walker wins his election in November, three of the most powerful people in Colorado will be Ephs (the others are U.S. Attorney John Walsh ’83 and Senator Mark Udall ’72).  Must be the mountains …

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