Three key components are vital to a healthy infrastructure: transportation, energy, and internet access. With the ever growing population in Colorado we must continue to be on the cutting edge of technology. This includes keeping our electrical grid and internet bandwidth ahead of the curve. These type of resources allow for businesses to thrive and grow. And our communities to be provided for. Healthy infrastructure is absolutely necessary to facilitate and sustain growth, as well as contributing to the overall economic well-being of the state. We need a legislator who is not only able to address this as the problem that it is, but is also willing to do the hard work of finding a solution to it. This won't be easy, it will require innovation, hard work, and a willingness to reach across the aisle and compromise, but I am confident that if we have a state senator who is willing to lead in this conversation we can come to a solution.
Transportation infrastructure development and maintenance is state government responsibility 101, and like many of my fellow Coloradans I have been continually disappointed with our state leaders inability to properly address this issue. As a result of the lack of leadership, we find ourselves far behind the curve in having the quality, sustainable infrastructure necessary for our growing state. The economic and traffic safety issues that arise from this lack of funding and leadership are too serious for us to continue to sit idly by.
Data shows us that Colorado’s transportation system is nearly $20 billion under funded over the next 20 years. While SB-1, the piece of legislation just passed through the Statehouse addressing this issue, was a step in the right direction. However, it is not enough to solve this funding problem. We must think in the long term. I believe that the money already exists in the state budget to fully fund our roads without raising taxes or adding toll lanes. As your next state senator I will take a leading role in the fight to prioritize and fully fund our transportation system and bring transparency to CDOT, so that we as Coloradoans stay positioned to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities that lie before us.
Taxation is an issue that has been discussed a lot around Colorado in recent months, and I believe it is an issue that is vitally important to the future health of our state. We have all witnessed what happens when state and local governments continually raise taxes on their constituents. They end up driving businesses away, hurting local residents, and damaging the overall economic health of the community. I am determined to not let that happen to Colorado.
Sadly, there are many in the state legislature, including my opponent, who believe that more taxes are the answer to the challenges that face Colorado. In fact, my opponent stated that what makes Colorado Springs great to live in are “taxes.”
In the last several years Colorado has seen budget surpluses in the millions. The state has seen its revenue increase by leaps and bounds. And the recent tax cuts from Washington are expected to continue, and even increase, those revenues in years to come.
I do not accept the narrative that there’s not enough money in the budget to move our state and community forward. The pocketbooks of hard-working Coloradans should not be used as a bottomless piggy bank for lawmakers who are incapable of budgeting properly.
Like many Coloradans my wife and I have learned to run our business and our lives within our current monetary means. It is past time for our state government to do the same thing. As your next state senator, I will fight to keep taxes low, and to properly prioritize existing state revenue into the most vital areas of our states budget.