Last updated on: 3/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Bill Owens, MA Biography

Title:
Former Governor of the State of Colorado
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“The Legislature passed, and I am about to sign, House Bill 1023 – considered to be the toughest law dealing with illegal immigration enacted anywhere in the country… The goal, of course, is to stem the tide of illegal immigrants coming into our state… Fortunately, in a bi-partisan effort, we have been able to take meaningful action… In my call, I asked legislators to consider sanctions against employers for submitting false documentation to the state regarding worker eligibility… Also in my call, I suggested we adopt two provisions found in Georgia’s immigration laws. First, employers should be required to withhold state income taxes from workers who do not have a valid taxpayer ID number and whose wages are reported on Form 1099… Second, wages earned by illegal aliens should not be considered deductible business expenses for state income tax purposes.”

“Remarks of Gov. Bill Owens Immigration Bill Signing,” July 31, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, University of Denver’s Institute for Public Policy Studies, 2007
  • Governor of the State of Colorado, 1999-2007
  • Treasurer, State of Colorado, 1994-1998
  • Senator, Colorado State Senate, 1988-1994
  • Representative, Colorado State House, 1982-1988
  • Private Consultant, Deloitte and Touche
  • Private Consultant, Gates Corporation
Education:
  • MA, Public Affairs, University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Other:
  • None found