The Senate debated over dozens of amendments on the budget bill until about midnight on Wednesday. While so much hard work has gone into this budget, we should never have to make the decisions that we’ve made over the past few days. We’re cutting funding for rural hospitals. We’re once again not adequately funding public schools. We’re not sufficiently investing in wildfire prevention. Or higher education. Or oil and gas inspections. Or the arts. Or our infrastructure.
Although we voted to approve the budget, I’m hopeful that over the next few weeks we will all resist the urge to go back to our partisan corners and instead work together to solve the state’s budget crisis by fixing the hospital provider fee, and putting our state on a more sustainable and moral path.
I introduced a number of amendments that focused on the needs of our district as well as the interests of our state. These included funding for wildfire response, pine beetle mitigation, science research that is threatened by the Trump administration for institutions like NREL, contraception funding, increased affordable housing, and more aggressive air quality monitoring for oil & gas operations near schools and neighborhoods. Unfortunately, most of these amendments were voted down on a party-line vote.
Yesterday, the Governor signed my first bill into law as a state senator! As a sponsor to HB1076 (along with Sen. Don Coram and Rep. Jeni Arndt), Colorado now has better options for conserving and managing our vital water resources throughout our state. Next up, I’ll be joined by Representative Nordberg for the Governor’s signing of our olympic athletes’ higher education bill into law!
Last week, I was joined by students from the University of Colorado’s Aerospace program. Did you know that CU receives the most funding from NASA out of any public state university?
Congrats to Boulder High School’s Boys’ Soccer team for claiming the 5A state championship this season! Great to meet the team and Head Coach, Hardy Kalisher.
Thanks again for your support this week and for tuning into the riveting 10 hour budget debate. Reminder that my next town hall will be Sunday, April 9th at 1:30pm at the Wildflower Pavilion in Lyons. I’ll be joined by Congressman Jared Polis and Representative Jonathan Singer. Hope to see you there!