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The Honor of My Life
It has been the honor of my life to serve our community as the Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives – the first Latina Speaker in Colorado and the only Latina Speaker in the country. I recently reflected on my time and service in an interview with CBS-Denver. It has been quite the journey and I couldn't be more appreciative for the opportunity to serve, thank you Colorado!
This legislative session we set out to deliver results for hardworking Coloradans and over the past 120 days we fought to do just that. In the end, Governor Hickenlooper called this session the most successful of his tenure and I couldn’t agree more!
Here’s what we accomplished:
Investment in Education
In 2018 we’re making a serious investment in education. But we know it’s not enough. Far too many Colorado students have their education curtailed by four-day weeks and late starts. Colorado students and teachers have gotten the short end of the stick for far too long. This has to continue to be a top priority in our state, and we need to be looking at long-term ballot initiative solutions for our chronically underfunded schools.
Historic Transportation Plan
This is an important step towards improving transportation infrastructure in our state, but it's not nearly enough to solve the problem. The needs are too great to be addressed within our current budget, without putting education funding and other key priorities at risk of severe cuts. Coloradans will have the opportunity this Fall to decide whether to increase our investment in our infrastructure, a long-term solution to our transportation needs. We will be learning more about these efforts over the coming months.
Delivering Broadband to Coloradans
Saved the Colorado Civil Rights Division
A Colorado Solution to Prevent Gerrymandering & Ensure Fair Maps
Bringing Down the High Cost of Child Care & Housing
Reforming the Culture of the Capitol
The legislature responded by hiring a human resources officer and by commissioning a review of our policies and procedures by an outside expert. That review has been completed, and a legislative committee will be meeting over the interim to draft rule revisions to promote a safe, healthy work environment where harassment and intimidation of any kind is not tolerated and where all women are judged by their qualification, hard work, merit and skill.
This legislative session was historic but we have more work to do to ensure every Coloradan has the opportunity to reach her or his full potential. I’m excited to resume our quest to make our country richer in opportunity, fairer in how it rewards hard work, and generous in fostering the freedom for all Coloradans to succeed.
My Final Session - January 10, 2018
The 2018 legislative session, my second – and last – as Speaker, is under way!
Over the next several months I have high hopes that we’ll be able to put partisanship aside and conduct ourselves this session with a united purpose: problem-solving for the Coloradans who elected us.
As the legislative session moves forward I will be sending you progress reports, but please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.
In this year's opening day speech, I didn't hold back.
There was a lot that I needed to say.
We have a lot to fight for. I look forward to continuing the journey with each and every one of you to preserve and enhance our Colorado way of life.
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