After almost 10 hours of debate Wednesday night, we passed a preliminary version of the state budget just before midnight. After its final passage this morning, the House’s amended version of the budget will head over the Senate for discussion next week. It’s a good budget, with great new investment in education and transportation, as well as so many other essential services.
Rep. Faith Winter and I offered an amendment to the budget that passed. We also offered this amendment last year, but it didn't end up being part of the final budget. It would increase funding for the Department of Public Health and Environment to provide a new air quality monitoring machine to monitor oil and gas emissions. We still don’t know the full effects of oil and gas operations on air quality, but we need the equipment in order to know if something dangerous is happening in our communities. The budget still has to go through the Senate and be reconciled, so the amendment still has a ways to go before making it onto the final version.
As well, one of my bills took a hopeful step this week. HB18-1267 passed 11-1 with bipartisan support out of Finance Committee and will now be on its way to the Appropriations Committee. The bill, which I’m sponsoring with Rep. Hugh McKean, would create a tax credit for people below a certain income who need to modify their homes due to an illness or disability. The bill would allow people to age in place and stay connected to their communities and would help so many people. Thank you to those who came and testified and have been putting in so much work on such a great piece of legislation. For more information, check out a story CBS 4 did on the bill.
Finally, I'll be changing it up with my April town hall. I'll be doing news & brews at 4 Noses Brewing in Broomfield from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3rd. Come support a local business and have a beer and chat with me and your neighbors about what's going on up at the State House. Feel free to stop by at any time from 6-8 p.m.