Let the committees begin!

I am settling in to my work at the Capitol. Legislative committees began this week, and I sat on the Education Committee for the first time. So far we’ve heard three bills in committee, and have had some interesting discussions. 

So far, two of my bills have been introduced. The first is on media literacy, and would encourage media literacy be included in elementary and secondary education based on recommendations provided by an advisory committee. We are working with stakeholders to make sure this is implemented in a way that is not burdensome to educators. It is scheduled to be heard in committee on February 5th.

The second is a bipartisan bill I’m working on with Republican Representative Landgraf on the house side. This bill would address supervisory requirements and related issues for physicians assistants. Look for more information on this soon.

This week I had my aide begin reaching out to set up coffees with my GOP colleagues in the House. I promised to listen to all voices and collaborate across the aisle whenever possible, and knowing everyone as an individual is an important first step.

Government Shutdown: I plan to sign a letter to Senators Bennett and Gardner, urging them to bring up and pass legislation to end the government shutdown. If you are a federal government employee experiencing difficulties making ends meet during the government shutdown, please know that there are resources available:

  • The Food Bank of the Rockies is distributing food; search for a location here

  • The bilingual Food Resource Hotline is open Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm. Call 855-855-4626

  • Search for information about Jefferson county food banks, food pantries, and other forms of assistance here.

Warm regards,

Representative Lisa Cutter

Where to find me: I am participating in the Women's March this Saturday, Jan 19. Being an organizer for the March for the past few years helped inspire me to run for office. You can learn more about the March here.
 

Introducing the Newsletter

2018 has certainly been a wild ride! Thank you for your unflagging support. I am excited to be your newly elected representative, and I will strive to represent this community in the best way possible.

I am thrilled to have been assigned to the Education Committee and to the Public Health Care and Human Services Committee. I can’t wait to get started on these committees and make positive changes for District 25.

Friday marked the opening of the 2019 legislative session. You are always welcome at YOUR Capitol, observing proceedings or testifying on issues important to you. You can check out the legislature’s official schedule here, and look for tips on participating in democracy in future newsletters.

I am committed to keeping you updated on what I’m working on at the Capitol, so I will be sending a newsletter weekly to update you on my work, legislative developments, and opportunities for you to get involved. You may subscribe to this newsletter here, or check it out here on the blog.

I’ve loved Colorado and wanted to contribute to this state in a deeper way for as long as I can remember. I hope you remain by my side on this journey -- visiting the capitol and reaching out with your questions and concerns.

Here’s to a positive and productive 2019 for Colorado and for each of you.

Warm regards,

Lisa Cutter

Why You Should Vote

With just days left until the election, we must remember how critical it is for us all to exercise our right to vote. The United States falls far behind other developed nations in voter turnout, meaning a very low percentage of eligible voters end up casting a ballot. According to the Pew Research Center, only 55.7% voted in the 2016 general election. Voter turnout is historically even lower in midterm elections. It can be very easy to feel discouraged when our representatives don’t reflect our values and we may sometimes feel like our vote doesn’t matter. But with our vote comes the power to choose the government we want and hold them accountable for the decisions they make on our behalf. When we don’t vote, we lose that power. Your vote is your voice. Please join me in voting this year!


If you have not yet registered to vote, it’s not too late. You can still register squany time before 7PM on Election Day. If you have not yet received a ballot or have any other issues regarding your ballot, please contact the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder. At this point, if you mail your ballot it may not be received in time, so please instead take your ballot to your nearest drop off location by 7PM on November 6th. You may also vote in person any day between now and the 6th. Thank you for being a voter.



http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/05/21/u-s-voter-turnout-trails-most-developed-countries/


https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/511/Ballot-Drop-Off-Locations-PDF?bidId=

Secretary of State https://www.sos.state.co.us/

303-894-2200

Jeffco Clerk and Recorder: https://www.jeffco.us/687/Clerk-Recorder  

303-271-8186

Saving the Environment is not only the right thing to do, it’s the economical thing to do

Failing to address climate change is a threat to our children’s future. We need to take meaningful actions that bolster renewable energy production so we can reduce our greenhouse gas impact. According to the article linked below, Xcel Energy has received bids to meet our electrical needs via solar and wind options at a far lower cost than traditional coal-generated power. This demonstrates the real world feasibility of renewable energy, which is now cheaper to produce per kilowatt hour than natural gas. The clean energy sector is growing rapidly, with every county in Colorado employing people in this industry. Renewable energy is the best path forward for creating jobs, while reducing our energy bills and our impact on the environment. I will fight for our environment and ensure that renewable energy providers get the support they need to help them excel here in Colorado.

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/16/xcel-energy-low-bids-for-colorado-electricity/

How about some wage growth with those jobs?

Last year, The Denver Post reported that “In 2016, the median hourly wage in Colorado was $18.92, which is below the inflation-adjusted median wage of $19.70 in 2007 and 2 percent below the median wage in 2000, after adjusting for inflation.” Yet, according to the same article, Median Household Income has risen approximately 1.5 percent. This clearly doesn’t compute, and the likely reason is that there may be more workers in households (for example adult children living with their parents because they can’t afford to live on their own) or that people are working longer hours. Most people don’t mind hard work. But past generations have done better than their parents, and that is sadly no longer the trend. Upward mobility has stagnated, and working twice as hard to achieve what their parents did is not the American dream. One solution is to focus on bringing in promising new jobs within renewable energy production. Wind, solar and hydro-based jobs will provide a wide array of good paying jobs. In addition, we could better promote to young people the myriad of apprenticeship and job training programs offered by many of the local skilled trade unions. These are frequently stable and high-paying jobs.

 

https://www.denverpost.com/2017/12/19/colorado-unemployment-wage-growth-low/