(Dream big! – promoted by Colorado Pols)
Ok, session is coming soon. And the reps each get to introduce 5 bills. What would yours be?
Mine would be:
Installing a tube rail system from Ft. Collins to Pueblo (with Wyoming invited to extend it to Cheyenne). Yes it's cheaper to wait till others go first and learn from them. But there are some giant advantages to going first, and building it quickly:
- It would be a giant improvement for the economy. The sooner it's built, the sooner the improvement.
- Lots of jobs. Not just the direct construction, but most of the elements used need to be built for the first time and that could be mostly here in Colorado.
- Colorado would become the Silicon Valley of tube rail if we kept most of the design and manufacturing here in state. We would own that technology and that's a lot of quality jobs for a long time.
- Create and fund a statistics office. It's job is to statistically analyze all state departments, projects, funded programs, etc. Anything the state is heavily involved in. Where everything is evaluated once ever 7 years. And not just the details, but have it also look at big picture questions. Break out what specifically are the major causes of medical and educational inflation. Break out what are the major causes of death. Knowing what's going on will give legislators the ability to better address problems.
- A constitutional amendment that eliminates every spending requirement & restriction, and replaces them with a simple one that limits state spending to X% or the average of the last 3 years GDP (or other similar measure). And any change in that percentage requires a vote of approval on the ballot. So we retain requiring voter approval for an increase in spending. But we give the legislature the power to determine how the funds are raised and where they're spent.
- A revenue neutral carbon tax. Approval would eliminate the business personal property tax (which would make this a wash for power plants) and all the other little taxes & fees that are very expensive to implement. This would encourage renewables (and hopefully thorium), not only improving our environment, but making Colorado a leader in the technology behind renewables.
- When an individual or business asks a state agency for guidance on what they should do in a specific case to meet the requirements of the law, the agency gives them an answer, and for the next 12 months, the agency cannot then go after someone for following their guidance. It's bullshit that agencies say "you figure it out and then we'll sue you if we disagree." And as a political note, one of the major reasons business owners gravitate to Republicans is not the anti-regulatory message in general, but the fact that they are subject to the whim and caprice of the agencies.
What are your five?