Susan Beckman, R-Littleton, serves Colorado House District 38, which includes Littleton, Bow Mar, Columbine Valley and part of Centennial. Beckman was first elected to the office in 2016, and won …
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Susan Beckman, R-Littleton, serves Colorado House District 38, which includes Littleton, Bow Mar, Columbine Valley and part of Centennial. Beckman was first elected to the office in 2016, and won re-election in 2018.
Colorado Community Media did a brief Q&A with Beckman 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?
Voters rejected two ballot measures this election cycle — Propositions 109 and 110 —to fix the state’s transportation-funding shortfall. The language was confusing and the intent was not clear, but voters said no to additional taxes and debt. The good news: our economy is booming, and estimated next year’s budget will see an estimated $1.2 billion increase — in addition to last year’s billion-dollar increase. This year the legislature needs to govern responsibly, take care of long-ignored essential services and adequately fund transportation. We all know our roads are crumbling and Coloradans deserve safe, clean and congestion-free roads.
Tell us about two pieces of legislation that you plan to sponsor.
I’ll sponsor legislation to restrict urban encampments along waterways. We’ve seen a staggering increase of urban encampments along rivers and streams in Littleton and across Colorado. The state health department has taken samples near these encampments, and found shocking levels of E. coli and other pollutants. I’ll also sponsor legislation to make the Senior Property Tax Exemption transferable statewide when moving for medical necessity. Coloradans voted to provide tax relief for seniors over 65 who have lived in the same home for over 10 years. My legislation would add statutory flexibility for seniors who must move to more suitable homes.
What must be accomplished for this session to be deemed a success?
We’ve seen the cost of living in Colorado escalate dramatically in the past six years, reaching a point where many are struggling to stay in Colorado. Although our state taxes are relatively low compared to other states, families are impacted by local, district and county taxes, along with the high cost of insurance, medical fees, overregulation of businesses and increased housing and living costs. This session will be successful if we keep the big picture in mind for all residents of Colorado. We must be disciplined and not fund special interests with taxpayer money at the expense of all Coloradans.
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