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Governor Polis Meeting with President Trump Wednesday

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Governor Jared Polis says he will seek more federal aid for Colorado when he meets with President Trump at the White House Wednesday. KDNK's Scott Franz has more.

Polis has been critical of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis, saying they have been slow to send testing and health supplies. During the hourlong meeting, Polis says he wants the president to hear about the struggles Coloradans are facing from the pandemic.

POLIS: “The fear. The anxiety. The health conditions. The economic challenges the people in the country face. I hope to help bring those to him….”

Earlier this week, Polis and the governors from four other Western states sent congress a letter seeking one trillion dollars in federal aid to help deal with the economic fallout from the virus. Colorado, lawmakers are preparing to cut three point three billion dollars from next year’s spending plan.

Scott Franz is a government watchdog reporter and photographer from Steamboat Springs. He spent the last seven years covering politics and government for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, a daily newspaper in northwest Colorado. His reporting in Steamboat stopped a police station from being built in a city park, saved a historic barn from being destroyed and helped a small town pastor quickly find a kidney donor. His favorite workday in Steamboat was Tuesday, when he could spend many of his mornings skiing untracked powder and his evenings covering city council meetings. Scott received his journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an outdoorsman who spends at least 20 nights a year in a tent. He spoke his first word, 'outside', as a toddler in Edmonds, Washington. Scott visits the Great Sand Dunes, his favorite Colorado backpacking destination, twice a year. Scott's reporting is part of Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado for more than a decade. Fifteen public radio stations participate in Capitol Coverage from throughout Colorado.
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