This is an exciting and challenging time in Colorado and we need experienced leadership that understands and can advocate for the interests of Western Colorado. Our positions and priorities need to be heard, embraced and acted upon. Thea is a visionary thinker, innovator and an advocate for Western Colorado.
The Middle Class and Small Business
This is an exciting and challenging time in Colorado and we need experienced leadership that understands and can advocate for the interests of Western Colorado. Our positions and priorities need to be heard, embraced and acted upon. I think in terms of what is possible and I will bring that voice to Denver.
Our State Legislature must find the political will and long term funding strategies to address the deferred maintenance of our infrastructure and improve the highways, bridges and tunnels, AND embrace the economic equalization rural broadband offers to rural Colorado through affordable high speed internet.
When elected, I will work with and build the coalition of rural leaders who will fight to give our classrooms updated technology and equip our children with the skills they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow. Our children should have the same opportunities of those on the Front Range.
In 2016, private health insurance coverage continued to be more prevalent than government coverage, at 67.5 percent and 37.3 percent, respectively. Of the subtypes of health insurance coverage, employer-based insurance covered 55.7 percent of the population for some or all of the calendar year, followed by Medicaid (19.4 percent), Medicare (16.7 percent), direct-purchase (16.2 percent), and military coverage (4.6 percent).
Outdoor Recreation is a base industry and an instrumental component to rural economies in Colorado today and into the future. It is becoming, as a category, one of the top drivers with respect to GDP and jobs, currently at 28B in CO and 230k jobs. Outdoor Recreation’s role in and benefit to the economy includes;
- clean industry
- promotes well-being
- retains our youth
- serves as recruiter for companies and talent
- imports dollars into communities
- Creates brand story for communities and impacts culture