Fall greetings to everyone in Eagle county and Routt County!
On the first day of Fall, the drive to Eagle then Carbondale for a Public Lands Candidates forum was just gorgeous: a classic Bluebird fall day with a riot of fall colors. Then we saw snow on the mountain! I am so proud to represent our beautiful headwaters district.
I continue to wear two hats:
Your State Representative, working on policy in the Interim Joint House-Senate Committees (Water and Transportation) on which I serve, meeting with stakeholders on tackling the high cost of health insurance premiums in our mountain counties, visiting organizations and projects to listen and understand what people in our communities are doing, and responding to constituent requests.
Campaigning for reelection, which means listening to you at events, walking door to door, raising money, creating campaign materials, answering many questionnaires from citizen advocacy groups, and writing policy pieces.
Interim Water Resources Committee (WRRC)
The Water Resources Review Committee met for the fourth time in Denver on September 20th and we talked about a variety of poignant water issues, listened to several presentations, and considered some committee bills.
We heard an engaging presentation about ground water storage, a thorough discussion about lead in drinking water, how we are planning to implement the Colorado Water Plan, and how land use planning and water efficiency are coming together.
Transportation Legislation Review committee (TLRC)
The first TLRC meeting of the interim was at the Capitol on August 31. We heard presentations from a variety of groups and agencies and considered requests for interim bills.
We discussed how Colorado is looking to modernize transportation infrastructure and work with new technologies surrounding self-automated cars, how to address concerns about road wear across the state, transportation bonding, rail line development and maintenance as well as an update from the Transportation Commission.
Look for an update in the next newsletter from our next meeting.
Health Health Insurance Premiums and Projected Rate Increases:
Our stakeholder group comprised of sponsors and co-sponsors of HB16-1336: me, Rep. Hamner, Rep. Rankin and Senator Donovan, Lt. Governor, Insurance Commissioner Salazar, representatives form other state agencies, private insurers, West Slope hospitals and other providers will meet again on October 3. We will have presentations on how insurance companies and providers negotiate to reach the contracted prices for various service. We will also examine a series of data questions about health care costs raised by several group member.
The conversation and stakeholder meetings are ongoing. I will continue to update you as I gather more information.
Additional constituent concerns:
I have been hearing from cyclists about the new rumble strips on US-40. The strips were put in incorrectly and are posing a safety hazard to cyclists. I have been in touch with CDOT and they have agreed to fix the problem that is making it unsafe for cyclists on that part of the road.
I have also been looking at how childcare properties are being taxed. It was brought to my attention by one of my constituents that childcare facilities are being charged the same rate for their property taxes as commercial facilities and seeing significant increases in their taxes from year to year. I am looking more into this issue and seeing how this can be addressed at the state level. Stay tuned for more information as I continue to look into this.
Please contact me with any comments, questions or concerns that I can help you with!
Attending community events:
I have been busy attending many events and meeting with you throughout Eagle and Routt Counties. Some of the events I attended over the past month are:
Opening of Avon elementary clinic
CMC Board reception at Alpine campus
Labor Day, Oak Creek
Gypsum Town Board
Hayden Town board
Vail town council
Rout County United Way match day at Yampa Valley Bank
Yampa Valley sustainability council
Holy Cross community solar garden opening
Steamboat spring Board of Realtors
Attended: VVP economic status of Eagles county
Opening of YVEA community solar garden
Colorado Motor Carriers Association Convention
...On the Campaign Trail
Thank you to Lu Etta, Paul and Mayling for hosting a wonderful fundraiser in Steamboat Springs, and to Jill Ryan, Andie and David Bombard for hosting another wonderful fundraiser in Edwards.
Last month I attended the Club 20 candidate debates with fellow Western Slope candidates. I was asked great questions by the panel about important issues for Eagle and Routt County. Unfortunately, my opponent declined the invitation to debate me, as is the case for many of the upcoming debates and forums.To see a video of the uncontested debate please visit my Facebook page.
We recently brought on a new Field Coordinator for Eagle County to help us expand our message throughout the County. We are so thrilled to have Marika on board and look forward to working with her throughout the remainder of the campaign!
I need help to make sure that come November 9th I am still able to represent you and our entire beautiful headwaters district. To join the campaign efforts click here to sign up to knock doors, make calls or let us know how you want to be involved! Can't volunteer? Contribute to the campaign. Any amount is much needed and very appreciated. Campaign contributions are used to help get my message of a more just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Colorado for all, out to as many voters in House District 26 as possible.
As always, thank you for your continued support!
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