House District 1 April Newsletter
It's Budget Week at the Capitol, but bills are still moving through the legislative process.
On April 2nd, my bill (HB19-1278) Modifications To Uniform Election Code passed the House State Military and Veterans Affairs committee. The bill continues to refine Colorado’s voting system by targeting some areas of the state where we continue to see long lines on voting day. I’m continuing to work with our County Clerks and voting rights stakeholders and I expect that we will continue to make improvements on the bill as it moves through the legislature. I do believe that Colorado has been a model across the country for voter access and protecting vote integrity. I am committed to working with all stakeholders to make what is already great even better.
The bi-partisan budget passed the House today with amendments that will address our education system and the budget stabilization factor as well as increase funding for higher education.
• A total increased investment in K-12 education of $335.9 million.
• funding for the implementation of full-day kindergarten.
• $77 million boost in the budget stabilization factor buy-down.
• additional $120 million investment in higher education to keep tuition flat for Colorado’s college students.
The budget increased funding for family planning services and healthcare.
• $1 million to help expand critical family planning services.
• Additional $5 million for 42 new inpatient psychiatric beds at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
Transportation received a total of $300 million, and funding for new state troopers and civilian staff will be provided to help make our roads safer and increased funding for oil and gas inspectors and staff will keep our communities safe.
We are proud to put forward a responsible bipartisan budget that works for all of Colorado.