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Colorado House District 28

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  • Kristina Joy Alley
    (Rep)

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    Ross Klopf
    (Lib)

  • Kerry Tipper
    (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?

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Background I am a Civil Engineer with 21 years of experience specializing in water resources and transportation. I decided to run because I am sick of partisan politics. I believe it is much more important to focus on government efficiency and empowering the citizens to make a positive difference to the State.
The number one issue I see facing this state is the amount of wasted government spending. This wasted spending has two negative impacts. First it means the government has less money to spend on what is important, such as repairing aging transportation and water infrastructure, but it also means the citizens are much more likely to have to pay a much higher tax burden. There are a multitude of examples of wasted spending on all kinds of transportation projects throughout the state. And the same is true in most agencies from education, law enforcement, tax collection and more. My number one goal as a legislator is to focus on reducing this wasted spending as much as possible, this will open up a lot of new possibilities for the state to provide what is important for the citizens.
I am recommending is the creation health care cost transparency that impacts all health care services. I have explained in much more detail in on the health care question below. I have no other recommended changes to the laws.
The most urgent issue with Colorado’s education system is administration costs are out of control. The number of administrators in the public school system is increasing 7 times faster than the number of students since the 1950s. Part of the problem is the federal government has got too involved in the public schools and they are passing on a bunch of bureaucratic requirements that impact state and local level education decisions. It is crucial that the citizens take back the schools from the corrupt and ineffective federal government and give the parents a choice in public schools, including charter schools. This will provide the students a better overall education since there will be more education options available to each student and different students have different needs.
There are two main issues related to water in Colorado. • First we need to continue our efforts on water conservation throughout the state. We have made a lot progress in this area, but we need to continue working on utilizing more xeriscaping and native trees and landscaping throughout the state. • Secondly we need to make an active role in re-introducing beavers especially in the mountain areas in Colorado. Beavers build dams that provide crucial water storage for the state. Beavers also do all of this work for free! One other benefit of beavers is they naturally thin the nearby forests reducing the fire danger in that area.
There are a lot of reasons for the out of control health care cost in the United States, but there is two problems that can easily be fixed at the state level to reduce costs. • The first is health care cost transparency. Currently health care costs are unknown by the patent until after the treatment is provided and a bill is sent out. With health care cost transparency the costs will be given up front both with insurance and without insurance. This will also patent to shop around to find the best value in coverage. This will also result in a reduction in costs. • The second problem is the opioid crisis. Doctors who should be prescribing a less addictive substance like marijuana for pain, instead they are too often prescribing highly addictive opioids such as oxycodone. Then the doctors cut them off the prescription and a lot of the patients will switch to heroin on the black market. The way this can be fixed is with decriminalization of drugs to allow for the people to get treatment.
High housing costs have been an issue in parts of Colorado. There are two major things that can be done to help resolve this issue. • Most builders are not building townhomes and condominiums due to Colorado’s liability laws for Condominiums. The lack of new supply for entry-level housing is increasing the costs and making it more difficult for citizens to enter the housing market. Apartment rent prices have also drastically increased because of this too. The liability law needs to be changed so that is the same as single-family homes and duplexes. • Some communities have enacted very restrictive zoning laws and arbitrary growth restriction, these restrictions have the unintended consequence of increasing housing costs in that community and some of the surrounding areas. Allowing property owners to rent out a spot for an RV can help alleviate the housing crunch until more entry-level housing is constructed.

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