Let's return to bipartisan job-creation agenda
By state Rep. Frank McNulty
At the outset of this legislative session, Democratic leaders announced their focus this session was to be set on economic development, jobs and a bipartisan agenda. On our first day of the session, Speaker Mark Ferrandino said: “As we seek the best policy this session, a large number of issues will command our attention. Our first priority is the same one we've had for years: We have to find ways to accelerate our state's economy and connect more Coloradans to good jobs.” Nearly halfway through this session, nothing could be further from the truth.
So far, of their self-announced “jobs” agenda, the Democrats have passed just one bill through the House. Just one “jobs” bill. Instead of prioritizing our time to help improve Colorado's economy, the Democratic leadership has presented us with an extreme agenda focused on keeping guns from normal Coloradans, attempting to push “comprehensive sexuality education” on first-graders, and making sure that committing adultery is no longer a crime. Whew!
One of my colleagues refers, tongue in cheek, to the Democrats' agenda as God, Guns and G-strings. Funny — yes. Sadly true — absolutely.
Colorado's economy is getting better, very slowly, but better. Problem is this: The current agenda pushed by Democrats in charge at the state Capitol isn't doing anything to improve job creation in our state and nothing to hasten the growth of our slow economic recovery. In fact, the opposite is true.
The God, Guns and G-strings agenda pushed by the House Democrats is harming employment in Colorado, forcing manufacturers to leave for states where jobs and job creation is welcomed and celebrated. The divisive Democratic agenda does not respect the bipartisan work that we should be doing to help put our economy on solid footing and to help our friends and family still looking for work. Worse yet, by dividing Coloradans, Democrats are making it even more difficult to accomplish the very positive policy changes on which we ought to be focused.
Ramming their extreme agenda through the House, including stops in Appropriations Committee, gives priority to their extreme bills over their identified “jobs” bills and our larger and necessary discussion about improving Colorado's economy.
Douglas County is a premier example where consistent, thoughtful leadership combined with responsible budget policies and tax rates have enticed employers to locate and expand their operations here. These types of policies and forward-looking proposals are what we ought to be encouraging in our state Capitol. Kudos to our Douglas County commissioners and their team for seeing through their positive reforms that have helped create jobs here at home.
It's past time for state House Democrats to live up to their pre-session promises, stop pushing their extreme agenda, and start working with a Republican leadership that is focused on growing our economy and putting Coloradans back to work. There's still time for Democrats to put their extreme agenda aside so that we can focus on a bipartisan goal of economic recovery. Let's get it done.
State Rep. Frank McNulty serves House District 43, which encompasses Highlands Ranch.