With election season now behind us, we are looking forward to the 2017 Legislative Session. The recent election resulted in a slight shift in the makeup of the General Assembly. The Democrats now hold a 37-28 seat majority in the House, with the Republicans holding the Senate by 18 seats to 17.
I am already back to work with my colleagues on the Joint Budget Committee as we begin the process of crafting the 2017 state budget. Governor Hickenlooper’s initial budget request highlighted some indicators that it will be a challenging budget year. There is a large discrepancy between the pressure on the General Fund and the funds available. Because that difference sits at $500 million, he has proposed a series of ideas to help us balance the budget. Consideration of these strategies will likely result in debates over the coming months that will require us to be diligent in our ability to work across the aisle and come up with solutions that work for the entire state.
2017 Legislative Agenda:
I am currently in the process of drafting my 2017 Legislative Agenda. This coming session, I will continue to focus on addressing health insurance costs in the western region of Colorado, increasing equity and adequacy in the way we fund our public schools, protecting our environment, and ensuring that the state can continue to balance the budget in years to come by addressing some of the constraints we currently face. Please feel free to contact my office with any suggestions or input on the coming 2017 legislative session.
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- Independence Pass will close on Thursday, November 17th.
- CDOT will be repairing several bridge columns on the I-70 underpass at mile point 180 in East Vail. The project is expected to last until Friday.
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I will be scheduling legislative town halls in each county of HD61 this spring. Stay tuned for updates on when I will be visiting your area!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!