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Colorado House District 27

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  • Vicki Pyne
    (Rep)

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    Brianna Titone
    (Dem)

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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?

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Background Brianna is a former volunteer firefighter. She studied physics, geochemistry and software development and has several degrees. She has a long history of community service and volunteering and serves as her HOA president.
Twitter @BriannaForHD27
Education is the issue that comes up the most in the district. The environment, specifically water usage, healthcare costs, and development related topics, such as congested roads, lack of services and attainable housing are other topics that come up. As a Geologist having worked in hydrogeology, I want to be a champion on this issue. I want to use my scientific knowledge to be sure the right decisions are being made to ensure we have clean water in the future. I would like to work with all stakeholders in development to be sure we are meeting the needs of the growing populations. And I want to be be sure that our families and older citizens have access to affordable healthcare.
Ideally, we’d repeal Amendment 3, passed in 1984 to prohibit public funding of abortion, and passed by less than 1%. To this day, state employees don’t have abortion coverage in their health insurance, and this isn’t fair or reasonable. Amendment 3 is an obstacle to single payer health coverage and a public health concern. We should place as much trust in public providers as we do private providers.
The top concern cited in conversations with voters in the district is public education. This is mostly a problem of properly structured funding, as Amendment 73 and the 5A and 5B JeffCo funding campaigns make clear. The major cause of this is TABOR, and also Gallagher. We are writing short-term fixes, but ultimately we need to confront the in-the-red elephant in the room. Specific legislation would need to accomplish: ●Funding to support rural schools above the property tax base. ●Supporting all teachers, who pass rigorous requirements, and go into student loan debt to do so. There’s a place for charters, but their widespread proliferation with few checks on their establishment, undermines the backbone of education. We must support a strong neighborhood public school system employing teachers who are qualified and protected from abuse or retaliation. ●Address the dramatic impacts of income inequality in the student population at all ages, and focus on early childhood literacy.
Water is one of the biggest long term issues facing the entire state and region, along with other environmental issues. Climate change models tend to make Colorado drier and warmer in the coming decades. We have to take all actions and make all investments in upgrading water efficiency infrastructure, and incentivize efficiency in all urban, suburban, and rural uses. We must rework antiquated water laws to incentivize, rather than penalize, our farmers for conserving water - the current laws create a “use it or lose it” dynamic which results in waste. We must realize that aquifers hold fossil water, and do not recharge in the short term, so minimizing our use is critical for future decades. Our agricultural portfolio should utilize the most water efficient crops and pasturing methods. Finally, we should look at penalizing polluting methods with impact fees.
On October 2, polling was published by Healthier Colorado that shows the popularity of a Medicaid buy-in option, addressing the opioid crisis, and price transparency. Prescription drug costs are outrageous, and we should pass legislation to prohibit price gouging for drugs and equipment. I would like to see a universal health insurance system in which everyone is in one coverage pool - anyone who knows anything about insurance knows that the larger the pool, the lower the risk given the greater distribution, and subsequently, the lower the cost, whether we are talking about one payer or multiple payers. I support Jared Polis’s plan for a multi-state health insurance compact.
Housing costs are hard to solve at the state level because there is so much policy interaction with market forces, and most of the considerations involve decision making at the local government level of counties and municipalities. Ultimately, housing costs are best addressed in the big picture with increases in wages. Cities like Denver should be able to pass a locally higher minimum wage that approaches a living wage - this will help reset the market across different localities, so that people are more able to afford to live closer to where they work, and longtime Coloradans are more able to stay rather than be displaced by new arrivals with higher incomes. We can help vulnerable groups, like disabled veterans, by finding ways to keep them in their homes.