Q&A with Kevin Van Winkle, state representative for District 43

Posted 1/8/19

Kevin Van Winkle, R-Highlands Ranch, serves House District 43, which is almost entirely composed of Highlands Ranch. The small business owner was first elected to the office in 2014 and is serving …

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Q&A with Kevin Van Winkle, state representative for District 43

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Kevin Van Winkle, R-Highlands Ranch, serves House District 43, which is almost entirely composed of Highlands Ranch. The small business owner was first elected to the office in 2014 and is serving his third term.

Colorado Community Media did a brief Q&A with Van Winkle 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?

We must reduce the regulatory burdens on businesses in Colorado and maintain the business-friendly atmosphere of our state.

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

On Memorial Day, three brothers, ages 2-6, set up a neighborhood lemonade stand. Denver Police arrived on the scene and shut them down because they had not first obtained the required $100/day permit, nor complied with the long list of regulations including health inspections and financial disclosures. My bill will protect young entrepreneurs from the long arm of government to prevent this from happening again.

Second, businesses face 756 specific geographic areas in Colorado with different sales tax structures, making the calculation and collection a nearly impossible burden for small businesses. A bipartisan bill is coming together to simplify this complex tax structure.

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

My commitment is, first and foremost, to the people of Highlands Ranch. I'll continue to serve them and be available to any constituent for any reason. Legislatively, this session will be a success if, in order to make Colorado more affordable, we are able to cut down on government waste and prevent new fees or taxes from getting passed and imposed on the people of Colorado.

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