Reflecting on Accomplishments & Thinking About the Future
Colorado is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. I want it to stay that way so that our kids and grandkids will be able to afford to live in the same neighborhoods, breath the same clean air, and explore the same beautiful mountains.
We face no shortage of challenges – not least of which is the turbulence coming from the current administration in Washington DC – but here in Colorado, we’ve done a pretty good job protecting the things that are most important and planning for the future.
After the November 2018 election, I shared my observations about the election and my goals for the 2019 legislative session. In short, I observed that voters elected Democratic majorities that would take action to: lower the cost of health care; invest in education, transportation, and affordable housing; accelerate the transition to clean energy; make our schools safer; expand mental health access; stand up for the rights of every Coloradan, including voting rights, reproductive rights, and rights to self-expression; and protect the clean air, clean water, and beautiful open spaces that make Colorado such a special place to live.
Over the 120 day legislative session that ended on May 3, 2019, I’m proud to say we made tremendous progress on every single one of those goals, and we did so with a remarkable amount of bipartisan collaboration and support.
I’m also so proud of the work we’ve done over the last three sessions to wisely invest taxpayers’ dollars in the things that matter most to our state. Since I was elected in 2016, we have:
- Increased K-12 education funding by $418M on top of student population growth and inflation, reducing the annual “negative factor” by 31%. On top of that, we’ve appropriated $114M to reducing the teacher shortage, especially in rural Colorado.
- Invested $1.9 billion in transportation funding through new certificates of participation that will be largely financed through new appropriations from the general fund (because the gas fee of 22 cents/per gallon, which hasn’t been increased even for inflation since 1992, is no longer adequate to pay for our transportation needs).
- Significantly increased funding for affordable child care, affordable housing, youth mental health, rural broadband infrastructure, and water infrastructure to anticipate the states long-term water needs.
During the interim, I’m excited to have some time to reflect on what all we’ve done and engage with you, my constituents, about what you liked, what you didn’t like, and what you want us to work on next. Please check out our 2019 End-of-Session Report and fill out the survey below to let me know what you think!
As always, there is more work to do to make sure every hard-working Coloradan can thrive and enjoy the Colorado way of life. I feel so honored to serve in the Colorado House of Representatives where I get to work on policies to improve people’s lives every day!
2019 Constituent Survey
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