The number one issue in our district is a lack of services. We have large potholes, rare snow removal, and intermittent streetlight outages. This is all caused by the strangling of our finances. Fiscal responsibility covers both revenues and spending, but our government ignores one of those elements. TABOR is a failed effort in government finance which we must reform or repeal. My first priority will be this effort, because community matters and we need the revenues to support our community. Second to that, my priority will be to promote sustainability and protection of the environment for which most of us moved to this great state. Partnering with businesses to increase education and promote increased environmental protection is a necessary task.
Our priorities must be in funding first responders and education. Enacting spending reform to direct financing to these two items and increasing our infrastructure will improve not only the lives of Coloradoans, but will appeal to businesses to increase their investment and bring more jobs.
Arts and Culture inform our ideas about how things should be. Additionally, a well-funded arts program promotes a depth of critical thinking which we desperately need to consider ourselves well-rounded human beings.
Currently, our system allows more access than many other states’ systems. If we can find ways to increase voter turnout, and voting in general, we should study those and enact those that are helpful. Colorado already has a progressive view on the right to vote, allowing felons to vote after they have served their sentence (including parole).
No. Our system is set up for real democracy, allowing people to propose amendments to the constitution with few limits. We should not do anything which removes the power of the people and gives it to a ruling elite.
The reform or repeal of TABOR would go a long way to improve these programs. Amendment 69 will improve access to healthcare. Improving public transportation is one of the best things we could do for our state. High-speed rail between the Springs and Denver would be a great start, but an improved public transportation system within the city would also help people and improve the economy.