ECONOMY

Colorado’s economy is booming, but it’s a tide that has lifted only a few boats. Too many of our friends, families and neighbors have been left high and dry. Looking into the data from our district, House of Representatives District 16, reveal a startling statistic. Despite high levels of employment, nearly 67% of households with children are living in poverty! Hard work is not being rewarded, and despite their best efforts, many parents are not earning a living wage. As an elected official, I would encourage voters to allow minimum wages to be set based on the cost of living in…

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CLEAN ENERGY

While most westerners are well aware that Colorado is home to a booming fossil fuel industry—including oil, natural gas and coal—far fewer realize that Colorado has the 7th largest solar photovoltaic market and the tenth largest wind market in the US. It may also be a surprise to learn that Colorado already employs more solar installers than coal miners. Colorado has been pushing for innovative solutions in energy, and we should ensure that our pace doesn’t slow down. Renewable energy allows for us to bring jobs to Colorado while simultaneously lowering utility costs. Colorado, the state that houses the National Renewable Energy…

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HEALTHCARE

Healthcare is one of the basic rights all people should have. While Colorado is one of just 12 U.S. states that run its own healthcare exchange (for those who don’t get health insurance from their jobs), and it is fairly strong, Coloradans are being forced to allocate too much of their income to ensure we maintain our health. On one hand, Colorado’s healthcare exchange offered 124 plans from 7 companies in 2018, but the cost of those plans is going up every year. The average rate increase for 2018, over 2017 rates, will be about 32.7 percent! Refusing to address the failing…

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EDUCATION

Education is one of the greatest indicators of what our future will look like. However, many issues surround the education system in Colorado. Our schools have failing infrastructures, our teachers and administrators are making borderline poverty wages, and our children are being forced to deal with the impacts. Rankings collected by Great Education Colorado make these financial challenges clear: Compared to the other 50 states, Colorado ranks: 50th in teacher wage competitiveness (comparing pay of teachers to non-teachers with similar education, experience and hours worked) 49th in number of novice teachers in the classroom 41st in pupil-teacher ratio 40th in per pupil spending 39th in…

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