Colorado Democrats plan to tackle K-12 education, high cost of living in upcoming session

Public safety proposal would increase funds for community policing

BY: FAITH MILLER – JANUARY 10, 2022 5:06 AM

It’s getting more expensive to live in Colorado, a fact that Republicans are counting on to help them in a midterm election year.

State GOP leaders held a news conference in August at a Denver gas station, seeking to call attention to rising fuel prices and blame Democrats — who control the state Senate, House of Representatives and governor’s office — for the hit to people’s wallets.

As of Friday, average gas prices stood at $3.31 per gallon in Colorado, a 45% increase from one year prior, according to AAA. The Denver-Lakewood-Aurora consumer price index — which accounts for food, energy, shelter, motor vehicles and medical care — jumped 6.5% from November 2020 to November 2021.

Though Republicans tend to place the blame for cost increases on Democratic policies, economists say a variety of factors, including widespread and pervasive supply chain issues, likely play a role. But Democrats plan to tackle affordability issues head-on this session, Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg and House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar said in a Wednesday interview.

Other key Democratic priorities for the upcoming session, which begins Jan. 12, include investing in K-12 education and public safety.

Read more at https://coloradonewsline.com/2022/01/10/colorado-democrats-2022-legislative-session/

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