With regular Education Leadership Council meetings and interim committee work in Denver, a special legislative session, and an extensive district tour, the past month has been extremely busy. I want to thank everyone that came out to visit with me this past month at my events in Paonia, Crested Butte, Frisco, Leadville, and Cedaredge. I will be hosting three more events in Pitkin, Summit, and Lake counties before regular Joint Budget Committee meetings in Denver begin this November. More information on these events can be found below and on my website.
In addition to attending regular meetings with the School Finance Interim Committee and the Wildfire Matters Review Committee, my colleagues and I on the Joint Budget Committee will begin meeting regularly in November as we start the process of developing Colorado’s 2018 budget.
Two weeks ago, the General Assembly was called back to the Capitol for a special legislative session to address a drafting error in Senate Bill 17-267, which passed during the final days of the 2017 session. The unintended consequence of this drafting error will see a host of special district governments lose important marijuana tax revenue that had helped them provide critical services to Coloradans across the state. To my disappointment, a House bill that would have fixed this unintentional error was unable to navigate partisan differences in the Senate Transportation Committee and was lost on a party-line vote. I was joined by a group of Western Slope legislators in submitting a letter that outlines our disapproval of this inaction and describes in greater detail what the ramifications of this loss in funding will be. I have included a link to the full article below.
- Colorado Mountain College’s (CMC’s) local funding is negatively affected by Colorado’s Gallagher Amendment and explosive Front Range growth in property values. Gallagher’s mandatory downward adjustments in statewide tax rates compromises local funding and results in a loss of revenue for CMC, forcing them to eliminate valuable services.
- In 2017, the state was forced to reduce the property tax assessment rate to comply with Gallagher, causing a revenue reduction to CMC of over $2.7 million. It is projected that this level will be lowered again as long as growth in the Front Range continues to outpace growth in the rest of Colorado.
- Measure 4B’s purpose is to prevent future erosion of Colorado Mountain College’s budget by the Gallagher Amendment. It would allow the CMC Board of Trusties to adjust certain mill levies to offset future Gallagher reductions.
- 4B is not a residential property tax. Rather, it enables CMC’s elected board to recover only those revenues lost by CMC due to Gallagher-related adjustments. Residential taxpayers would pay the same level of property taxes as they would have paid prior to a Gallagher adjustment.
- Passing 4B will preserve accessible quality education for future generations – providing affordable tuition, free classes for high school students, and highly qualified training for business owners, employees, teachers, veterans, nurses, police officers, and emergency responders.
For more information, visit www.YESon4B.org
Announcement from the Colorado Dept. of Human Services
CDHS is looking for someone to serve as the Congressional District 2 representative for the Colorado Commission on Aging (CCOA). This Commission was established under the authority of the Older Coloradans Act to serve as the primary advisory body on all matters affecting older persons.
To apply for a position on the Colorado Commission on Aging, visit https://www.colorado.
*The department is looking for someone from CD2 that is of any political affiliation other than Democrat. This requirement is to ensure compliance with a piece of statute that prohibits more than nine members on the commission be affiliated with the same political party.
Upcoming Hamner Events
Legislative Town Hall in Aspen with Local Elected Officials
Tuesday, October 24th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Aspen Square Condominium Hotel
617 E Cooper Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
Town Hall on the Future of Higher Education in Colorado
Featuring Dr. Kim Hunter Reed- Exec. Director of the Colorado Dept. of Higher Education
Wednesday, October 25th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Colorado Mountain College- Breckenridge Campus
107 Denison Placer Road
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Community Coffee with Mayor Greg Labbe in Leadville
Wednesday, November 1st from 8:30am to 10:00am
Colorado Mountain College Library- Room 317
Leadville, CO 80461
Additional Upcoming Community Events
Public Forum on Individual and Small Group Health Insurance Premiums for 2018
Hosted by the Colorado Division of Insurance
Rising health insurance premiums are among the most pressing issue facing HD61 and rural Colorado. On Thursday, I will be joining local elected officials from throughout House District 61 and fellow state legislators to take part in this important forum. This event is open to the public, and we encourage anyone who is interested to attend. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be streamed via webcast. For more information, visit the event’s webpage. You can also contact my office with any questions at 970-315-2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colorado Judicial Branch’s Annual Legal Resource Day- Summit County
This public event is being hosted by the Colorado Judicial Branch to offer the public an opportunity to consult with attorneys in various areas of civil law, as well as provide information about local legal and community service resources. Please feel free to contact my office with any questions.
Thursday, October 26th from 8:30am to 5:30pm
Summit County Justice Center
501 North Park Ave
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Click here to view the event flier.
Have a wonderful month!