Issues

Education:

Public education is the foundation of our democratic society.  It is the great equalizer.

Public monies should be used for public schools, not private.

All children deserve access to quality preschool and full-day kindergarten programs.

All students need affordable opportunities for post-secondary vocational training programs or college.

A well-rounded education includes not only reading, writing, math, science, and social studies, but also art, music and physical education.

Standardized tests are weak measurements of the quality of a child’s education.   Teacher evaluations should not be tied to student performance on standardized tests.  Private testing corporations are getting rich off of public dollars, and the money should be returned to the classroom.

Environment:

The health of our citizens through the protection of clean air, land, and water must be our top priority.

Water is the life-blood of Colorado’s agriculture and should be preserved for future generations.

The advancement of recycling programs will benefit our environment and the lives of our citizens.

The abundance of wind, sun, biomass, and thermal energy make Colorado a leader in renewable energy.

Colorado’s beetle-kill forests and decreased snowfall are climate change consequences that cause environmental and economic damages.

Working families:

Workers have the right to organize for pay, benefits and safe working conditions.

Women should receive equal pay for equal work.

Small businesses are the heart of our communities and should be promoted.

Veterans should have opportunities for job training and education.

Health:

School and community health clinics provide a great service to the underserved and should be supported.

Affordable and accessible healthcare should be available to all.

Access to mental healthcare is just as important as access to physical healthcare.