In order for your elected representatives at every level of government in Colorado to do the job you elect us to do, our state constitution needs substantial reform.
As your State Representative, I am determined to provide the leadership needed to reconcile the conflicting requirements that the Gallagher Amendment, the TABOR Amendment, and Amendment 23 create in our constitution.
We took the first step in dealing with the gridlock in Colorado's Constitution with the passage of SB 09-228. It was introduced by Senator John Morse in the Senate and Rep. Don Marostica and I were the Prime Co-sponsors in the House. By removing the artificial formula that restricted the growth of the General Fund to 6% over the previous year, we are in a better position to recover from the recession. We were also able to establish a "rainy day fund" as part of our bill so that in the future we will have a healthier savings account to draw from when we have the inevitable economic downturns. It was the right thing to do and I will absolutely continue to work on this mess until our state's fiscal house is better designed to meet the needs of Colorado's citizens.