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Colorado House District 26

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  • Luke Bray
    (I)

  • Nicki Mills
    (Rep)

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    Dyan Roberts
    (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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Contact phone 9708463054
Background I grew up in Steamboat Springs and now live in Eagle County where I work as a Deputy District Attorney. In 2017, I was appointed to serve as State Representative. During the 2018 legislative session, I passed six bills and have become a leader on lowering health insurance costs and the environment.
The number one issue facing the constituents in Eagle County and Routt County is the cost of living. We have the highest health insurance costs in the state, housing is increasingly unaffordable, and child care can often be out of reach due to cost. During my first year in the legislature, I dedicated almost all of my time to addressing these issues. I will continue to introduce bills to create more competition in the health insurance market by creating a public option or health insurance co-op. I will seek to create a statewide affordable housing trust fund that will allow the state to support towns and counties that seek to develop more affordable housing. Further, I will be a strong advocate to add incentives for businesses and employers to create more good-paying jobs in our mountain region so that people can start and support their families here and not have to leave because it is too expensive to live here.
I support a woman's right to choose. It is a constitutional right and I do not believe the state government has any role in limiting that right. A woman's health care decisions should be between her and her doctor.

As for reproductive health care, I support every woman having access to the essential care that they need without fear, intimidation, or restriction. Any changes to health care or health insurance policy must take this into account and I will make sure that it is always considered and protected.
I see two urgent needs: recruiting and retaining the best teachers possible in ALL parts of the state and ensuring that our classrooms are equipped with the resources they need to provide an excellent education.

As for recruiting and retaining the best teachers, that of course starts with paying teachers what they deserve. Some of our teachers, especially in rural areas but in all parts of the state, do not make nearly enough compared to other professions. If the state legislature does not support our school districts with increased funding, they will not be able to offer the competitive salaries needed to recruit and retain teaching professionals. I was proud to support the rural teaching fellowship last session and believe we need to look at more programs like that to look out for the whole state.

Second, we need to look at our school funding formula to make sure the dollars we invest actually reach our kids. I look forward to taking a crucial look at that formula.
As an attorney who has studied Colorado water law extensively, I am personally aware of the unique system we have in Colorado. Our Colorado water law must be protected and honored but I believe there are also ways to do that while also protecting our rivers and water supply over the coming years. I have been a member of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee as well as the Water Committee and am already engaged in efforts to fund the Colorado Water Plan which is a crucial step towards ensuring our water security. Additionally there are several legislative pilot programs that have been passed and/or are being considered to embrace innovative deficit irrigation programs that will conserve a significant amount of water during drought years while not harming anyone’s water right. Finally, we must do more to incentivize the growing metro region to conserve more municipal water so that our Western Slope rivers are not threatened by further diversion to the Front Range.
Reducing the cost of health care and health insurance has been my top priority as a State Representative and it will continue to be. I would invite anyone to look at my legislative page to see the multitude of bills I have written and co-sponsored to make an impact on this issue. I believe the issue with costs being so high is three parts: competition, geography, and transparency. In Eagle County and Routt County, too many only have one option for health insurance and that single company can raise prices without pressure to keep them down. I wrote a bipartisan bill to create a public option or health insurance co-op to create more competition (HB18-1384). I also wrote a prescription drug price transparency bill (HB18-1009) and will continue to advocate for transparency at all levels of health care spending. Finally, rural residents pay more than urban residents for health care. That is not fair and it is not necessary. I will work to create geographical equity in health insurance.
The state can and must be a better partner for local government and private enterprises on this issue. I do not see the state government as being directly involved in creating affordable housing – that development should be left to local governments and public-private partnerships. However, what the state must do is become a better partner for those local governments and partnerships in getting affordable housing projects off the ground. The state has the ability to create a statewide affordable housing trust fund that will be a grant program for public-private or purely private enterprises to gain financial assistance to develop affordable housing in local communities. I will be a strong supporter of creating such a fund. We also need to look at all regulations and laws that often stifle development and make sure that we are properly weighing the balance of proper planning with the need to ensuring that every Coloradan has access to an affordable place to call home.