What can we do at the State level to support business, create good jobs, and make the entire State more financially sound?
Imagine how much more opportunity we'd have if Colorado's economy and industries were not so caught up in the government regulations, complicated mandates, and confusing taxes that defy common sense...many of them courtesy of the federal government of course.
In my time as a small business owner, I have always felt that Coloradans want good jobs that have growth potential and offer the pay and benefits to support a family.
As an engineer, I look first to our natural resources industries to form a bedrock of jobs and opportunity upon which other sectors develop. I also recognize the importance of our key industries: agriculture, tourism, technology.
I also look to small businesses, unfettered by cynical taxes, regulations and fees, as the means in which capital and wealth is distributed throughout the economy. Small businesses have gotten pummeled by Obamacare -- one of my goals is to reverse that damage.
Small business and families are the true building blocks of our economy and our society. I am working against cynical wrong-headed laws that cause them harm.
What can we do to make sure K-12 and Higher Education in Colorado delivers for our kids?
Imagine how much better our education outcomes could be if we moved from talking about merely ‘more’ money for education and actually looked at where we are investing the billions we already spend.
It is our responsibility to provide our children with the necessary ideals, skills, and knowledge for personal success. An educated community leads to a vibrant economy and true stewardship of our republic. The Cherry Creek and Littleton School Districts have been a success story for decades and offer a model for other school districts.
One key area of focus is to maintain a posture of investment in education. We spend a great deal on education and should be getting the most for that investment.
We need to work hard to make sure education spending is going into classroom instruction and efforts that advance learning.
The second key area of focus is protecting our schools and teachers from the deleterious effects of state and/or national, unfunded, one-size-fits-all mandates and onerous testing regimes which strip away critical instruction time.
We need a vibrant educational system under local governance; one with a pro-education culture that embraces intellectual diversity, safeguards Western civilization, and eschews those federally mandated regimes which do not provide quality education for the next generation but instead just add to administrative costs.
Our community is made up of many different types of people with many talents. That’s a good thing. It makes our culture rich.
What we share is a Western sensibility around independence and neighbor-to-neighbor caring. I believe we want a community that values each individual and allows each of us to live a life of our choosing.
Here are some views that guide my approach to my work in the State Senate:
Economists tell us 80-90,000 people move to Colorado every year. This beautiful state is a big draw to folks from all across the county.
But our growing population is putting pressure on our infrastructure. More applicants for every job, more children in our schools, increasing costs of housing, more people in the health care system, and more pressure on our roads and systems. How can we manage better?
For me, that starts with supporting our economy to create jobs, attending to the needs of our schools, fixing the problems that have stopped multi-family housing supply, and addressing the complexities of our broken health care system. We must also work hard to keep our community safe and our law enforcement efforts robust.
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