Coffman calls for tourism aid to advance |

Coffman calls for tourism aid to advance

DENVER -State Treasurer Mike Coffman is urging support for a state legislative action that would advance his idea of using gaming revenues to market state tourism.

“Given the importance of travel and tourism to Colorado’s economy, I have been working hard for several months to encourage the Legislature to consider mechanisms for providing permanent and predictable funding for tourism promotion,” Coffman said.

Coffman’s comments relate to Senate Bill 351, authored by Sen. Ken Chlouber, R-Leadville, also sponsored by Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, which would reallocate a portion of the limited gaming revenues directed to the state historical fund to tourism promotion and the arts beginning in fiscal year 2005-06.

A minimum of $20 million would remain guaranteed for historic preservation.

“While the percentage of historic preservation funds diverted to tourism promotion by SB 351 differs from that suggested in the proposal I unveiled in March, the objective of Sen. Chlouber’s proposal is exactly the same,” Coffman said. “This is a win-win-win scenario – we’d have permanent funding for travel and tourism, permanent funding for the arts, and continued restoration of key historic sites throughout the state.”

Coffman said if the Chlouber bill passes, Colorado would still have the best-funded historic preservation program in the nation.

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