Lawmaker says lobbyist could help Colorado get aid |

Lawmaker says lobbyist could help Colorado get aid

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” One state lawmaker thinks the Legislature should hire a lobbyist to help fight for more federal dollars for Colorado.

Democratic Rep. Buffie McFadyen raised the idea Friday during a meeting of a committee charged with finding ways to create jobs and boost the economy. McFadyen said most members of Colorado’s congressional delegation are relatively new and lack seniority that can help win aid for the state, including stimulus money.

McFadyen said the state transportation department already has a Washington lobbyist. She said a legislative lobbyist could help on road funding and work on renewable energy grants and Medicaid money.

The bill McFadyen is working on would require both Democrats and Republicans to have a say in picking the lobbyist.

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