Legislative preview 2019

Q&A with Jack Tate, state senator for District 27

Posted 1/7/19

Jack Tate, R-Centennial, serves state Senate District 27, which includes Centennial, nearby unincorporated Arapahoe County areas and the Town of Foxfield. The small-business owner was first elected …

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Legislative preview 2019

Q&A with Jack Tate, state senator for District 27

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Jack Tate, R-Centennial, serves state Senate District 27, which includes Centennial, nearby unincorporated Arapahoe County areas and the Town of Foxfield. The small-business owner was first elected to the state House District 37 seat — representing a similar area to his current one — in 2014. He was appointed to fill a vacancy in his Senate district the following year and won the election to hold the seat in 2016.

Colorado Community Media did a brief Q&A with Tate ahead of the opening of the 2019 legislative session, which began Jan. 4.

What is the most important issue for the Legislature to tackle this session, and what needs to be done?

Last year, we unanimously passed Senate Bill 001 in the Senate with a vote of 35-0. That bill was landmark legislation, putting in place a mechanism for voters to approve bonding for certain key transportation infrastructure projects at the 2019 election. This multi-billion-dollar effort only touches a part of the need.

As such, investment in roads and bridges is still the big hot-button issue going into the upcoming legislative session. We need to create more capacity on our highways in the metro area in order to relieve congestion and to repair roads and bridges in rural areas upon which agriculture and industry rely.

It is a hot-button issue because some politicians want to fund programs that do not have popular support first, cynically leaving popular road and bridge work neglected so that voters will approve a tax increases for such an effort. We need first to follow through with SB-001 and then prioritize the general fund, before looking to what should happen with tax policy.

Tell us about two pieces of legislation that you plan to sponsor.

I am working on legislation related to the growing industry around blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. I'm also working on repealing the Gallagher Amendment, so we can unwind overly and unfairly burdensome property taxes on non-residential real property.

What must be accomplished for this session to be deemed a success?

If we are successful in allocating general-fund monies for transportation infrastructure while also avoiding putting into place burdensome and costly regulations that kill job creation and business investment, I will consider 2019 a good session.

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