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Colorado House District 36

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  • Richard J Bowman
    (Rep)

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    Mike Weissman
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What would you cite as the number one issue facing constituents in the district you’re seeking to represent, and specifically what legislation would you champion to address it?

What specific changes, if any, do you think should be made to Colorado laws concerning access to abortion and reproductive health care?

What specifically are the most urgent needs of Colorado’s education system and the best legislative strategies for meeting those needs?

It is projected that Colorado will face a water shortfall by 2050 or sooner. What specific measures would you support to prevent a water crisis?

If elected, what specifically would you do to make health care more affordable in Colorado?

How would you address the growing lack of affordable housing in Colorado in terms of a specific policy or policies?

Contact phone 3035886608
Background Controller at a local manufacturer for over 300 years. Responsible for financial statements, commercial insurance, health and dental insurance for employees and retirement plan administrator
The most discussed topic of my neighbors is the poor state of the roads, highways and bridges in Colorado and City of Aurora. My position would be to submit to the voters, per the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights a bond measure to expand and repair our roads without an increase in taxes. I am in favor of initiative 109, “Fix Our Damn Roads.”
I believe that the decision to abort a pregnancy is a private decision to be made between a woman, her family and her medical provider. In that this is a “private” decision it should be kept “private” and no public funding should be involved. I believe that public funds should be used for the public good and not for the enrichment nor benefit of private citizens unless it is for compensation for goods and services rendered to the State of Colorado.
We have a shortage of teachers. Supply and demand requires we offer a competitive compensation package. I would support increased funding to k-12 education
The voters of Colorado have rejected building new dams on our rivers. The remaining option is to encourage water conservation
I support legislation to make health care costs more transparent and to require providers to make their fees available to the consumer prior to receipt of service.

In 2008 there was a reverse situation where the value of homes was falling. We are now in a period of increasing prices due in large part to more and more people wishing to move to the area from Colorado Springs up to Fort Collins. I would support a policy of employment location diversification. There are other parts of the state which are needing economic development and would welcome new businesses to relocate there. This would help reduce demand for housing along the Front Range.
Contact phone 720-432-3850
Background B.A. in economics. Law degree focusing on environmental law and election law. Former volunteer on Arapahoe County Citizen Budget Committee. Member of NAACP Aurora Branch and Colorado Black Women for Political Action.
Twitter @mjweissman
The 3 issues I hear from constituents more than any others, and understandably so, are 1) affordable housing 2) education funding and 3) transportation. Of these, I would say housing is the greatest challenge because a stable home is the foundation for meeting other challenges in life and housing is in greatest need of aggressive solutions. If voters approve the relevant ballot measures this fall, Colorado will be well on the way to addressing our education and transportation funding gaps. A similarly comprehensive solution to affordable housing has not yet been identified. I hope to sponsor legislation in 2019 to increase funding to Colorado's Division of Housing, the primary entity of state government responsibility for bringing new affordable housing to market by working with private developers and others.
I have supported the availability of LARC or long acting reversible contraception, which has been proven to reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancies, and the 12-month availability of birth control. Colorado needs to maintain availability of these options.
Many of Colorado's education challenges come back to underfunding - we are a bottom 10 state in K-12 funding; a bottom 3 state in higher ed. funding; and 50th of 50 in teacher pay. I supported increasing K-12 funding by $150 million in the 2018-19 budget and the legislature needs to continue to prioritize digging out of the "negative factor" hole instead of passing narrow tax breaks of dubious economic or social value. I also believe we continue to rely too much on high-stakes standardized testing and would support reducing the incidence of such testing so there is more classroom time available for teaching and learning.
Particularly in the face of rapid growth we need to make sure that new development is as water-frugal as possible. Years ago the Common Interest Ownership Act was amended to allow homeowners greater latitude in xeriscaping their property; it may be time to do more in that regard. Another approach could be to facilitate upgrading of older infrastructure (be it lawns or indoor fixtures); in a context of scarcity this is cheaper than developing new supply, and this approach has been used in other western cities. More broadly, we need to continue to allow sufficient flexibility in Colorado's prior appropriation doctrine so that things like short-term leasing and fallowing can be employed without creating fear as to loss of perfected water rights.
I have supported and would continue to support a variety of price transparency measures concerning e.g. prescription drugs and expensive procedures so that A) consumers can make better-informed choices and that B) market competition could hopefully help drive down prices. I have also supported a bipartisan bill concerning re-insurance that was intended to lower premiums in the increasingly challenging individual market; this bill was defeated in the senate this year but I believe we need to continue looking at this approach. Colorado’s attorney general should also vigorously enforce our consumer protection laws against any healthcare companies engaging in predatory pricing.
To me housing comes down to 1) funding to bring new affordable units to market and 2) a variety of other laws that impact the ability of people to obtain or stay in housing. Concerning (1) I hope to run legislation next year to significantly increase funding to the Colorado Division of Housing. Concerning (2) I have supported and would continue to support a variety of measures such as limiting rental application fees; improving warranty of habitability provisions for renters; increasing the benefit amount of the Property Tax, Heat & Rent credit for low income seniors; and preventing discrimination based on source of income.