As your representative, my first priority in the legislature will be creating jobs and building a healthy economy.
The Denver area lost over 55,000 jobs in the last year. Unemployment in the metro area increased to 7.9 percent in June, rising to 8.5 percent in Denver's city limits.
In the next two years, the Colorado legislature may be forced to cut nearly $1 billion from the state budget, straining families, schools, and seniors who have already carried the heaviest burden from the recession.
As a former engineer, a member of the Green Building Council, and an advisor to sustainable design projects, I want to ensure that Colorado's New Energy Economy creates clean energy jobs in North Denver. Colorado is fortunate to be positioned as a national leader in renewable energy, and it will take sustained leadership to translate these new advances into jobs at home--for construction, for homebuilding, and for lower energy and utility costs. Homegrown clean energy jobs hold promise for everyone--from the administrator to the manufacturer -- and these are jobs that can't be outsourced.
Our community must also support the sectors of our economy, such as education and health care, which are still showing signs of growth. At a time when unemployment is rising and the demands for health care and quality education are increasing, we must fight to retain good teachers and health care providers.
I will stand up for workers and fight for better wages, and I will also work to help small businesses succeed. As an attorney, I've assisted small start-up companies and women and minority owned businesses in our community, and I will continue to develop new opportunities for employers and workers in the legislature.
We must also reform Colorado's budget and lift TABOR restrictions to guarantee a faster recovery. Many of the state programs and services that are facing cuts were only restored in the first place because the voters passed Referendum C in 2005. In 2011, Referendum C will expire and remove our ability to repair the damage from the current recession. Confronting these challenges will be one of the most important tasks for the next representative from House District 4.
When the next legislature sits down to reform TABOR and the state budget, I want to make sure North Denver has a seat at the table.