I hope that you had a wonderful 4th of July! This past month, I visited the CSU research facility in Hotchkiss that the Joint Budget Committee approved funding for back in March. Stay tuned for exciting developments at this site to support our local growers and agricultural industry.
I was also honored to be a part of the grand opening for the new Silverthorne Performing Arts Center! This beautiful new facility is a terrific example of how important the arts are throughout our mountain communities.
Finally, I want to thank the Town of Breckenridge for including me in the ribbon cutting for the new roundabout on 4 O’clock Rd! This project is a great example of patience on the part of the neighborhoods impacted and collaboration between CDOT and the town.
Aside from traveling the district, I have kept quite busy with my responsibilities at the Capitol. As you may know, my colleagues and I put a significant amount of work into an effort to re-examine the way that we implement our public education system in Colorado. These efforts, which were multiple years in the making, resulted House Bill 17-1287: Achieving a Vision for Education in Colorado. Unfortunately, the Senate Committee on Education was unable to compromise on the bill and it was lost, despite passing the House by a vote of 53-11 (1 excused).
However, all is not lost because our Governor, John Hickenlooper, valued the vision that this bipartisan effort put forth and issued an executive order on June 23rd that implemented a system based on the one outlined in HB1287. I am proud to be involved with this important effort and look forward to the impact it will have on our public education system.
I am serving on two interim committees this summer, the newly formed Interim Committee on School Finance and the Wildfire Matters Review Committee. I look forward to hearing from you with your thoughts on shaping the work of these committees.
Peak 2 Fire:
For my constituents living in Summit County who are affected by the Peak 2 Fire, I have included some information below to direct any inquiries that you may have:
Summit County Emergency Blog:
Upcoming Peak 2 Fire Community Meeting
Wednesday, July 12th from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Colorado Mountain College – Breckenridge
107 Denison Placer Road
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Be safe everyone!!!
Upcoming Community Events
Saturday, July 15th from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Home of Howie and Betty Wallach
For more information, please contact Howie Wallach at firstname.lastname@example.org or (917) 202-0763