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Colorado State House District 51

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    Hugh McKean

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    Vern Richardson

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What is your number one priority and why?

How will you address the economic crisis that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic?

Contact phone 970-581-3754
The state budget is going to be critical this year. With the aftermath of the 2020 session, where most fund balances were slashed and most cash funds swept into the General Fund, the 2021 budget will be grim. I think we need to work collaboratively to make sure that we have discussions centered on our collective priorities between the majority and minority parties. There is a tremendous amount on which we agree and we need to make sure that we move forward in a way that takes care of Coloradans as a whole.
There will need to be a multitude of efforts, in terms of housing support and short term relief as well as job placement and employment assistance. We also need to make sure to address the needs of our educators and parents. Simply put, we absolutely must have a way for school/family/work life to return to a more normal balance. I lean on solutions that offer incentives to employers to hire and retain employees and improve their benefit offerings and I think that we can do that while making sure that we have the dollars to pay the bills.
Background Live in Loveland for 30 years and understand what voters face daily in House District 51. When my wife passed after living with MS for years and seeing the challenges we faced I volunteered for the Disability Advisory Comm. to give back to the community. I have served since 2012 and chair since 2015
Dirección postal 719 East 7th Street
Contact phone 970-213-5500
In the time of Covid I believe the wealth of our community is tied to the health and wellbeing of our citizens, we owe it to each other to be responsible. I believe that elected officials should work together & share ideas to provide a safe environment where all members of our community can live, work & thrive with opportunities for everyone. We should find ways Caregivers for members of their family should not have to take on tremendous debt to pay for essentials of life when they have proper insurance that should help them provide for their loved ones.
It is anticipated that many jobs are not coming back. The state could help recruit businesses that could in turn establish new career opportunities for those not expected to return to their old positions. Education/training programs to accelerate job transition. Help our schools and educators create training programs to enable job transition for displaced workers Change the unemployment system to give extra weeks on the front end to find a new position if able and/or aptitude testing in order to help the unemployed find alternate possibilities . Implement public funded work programs for those job attached drawing unemployment. This will give society some value returned for money spent on unemployment. Find solutions to child care for those employed who find it difficult to work and pay for child care.