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Referendum C approval a big help

Dear Editor:I am writing to thank all of the voters in House District 61 who voted yes on referendums C and D. And for the folks who didn’t support the ballot measures, I wanted to let you know that I appreciate your concerns and will do what I can to address them. By approving Referendum C, I believe the voters have shown their support for funding the programs that were put on the ballot – reducing health care costs and supporting education. The revenues that the state will be able to keep in accordance with Referendum C will be used as promised. During the coming session the state will now have the ability to meet existing program needs without initiating further drastic cuts, continuing to raid cash funds, and shifting costs to user fees and to local governments. What we won’t be able to do, though, is fund new programs or completely backfill the cuts that have occurred in the past.When I get to Denver in January, I will be pushing for reinstatement of the Homestead Tax Exemption, meeting the base funding obligation for Western State College, Mesa State, and Adams State, fulfilling the state’s obligation on the Police and Fire Pension Fund, and adequately funding the Species Conservation Trust Fund. I am relatively certain that the issue of whether Amendment 23’s mandatory 1 percent increase in spending for K-12 will be talked about as well. I am willing to look at whether or not the increase could be suspended during bad economic times and made up during better times.Now that the uncertainty of the election is behind us, there is a lot of activity related to individual legislation going on. I have a number of key bills that I will be carrying next year but will take those up in future letters. If you would like to contact me, the best way is by e-mail, kathleencurry@montrose.net, or by phone, (970) 209-5537 since legislators don’t have staff, and I work out of my home in Gunnison when the General Assembly is not in session.Rep. Kathleen CurryGunnison

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