Senator Steve Fenberg | ’21 is done! Here’s what we accomplished.
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’21 is done! Here’s what we accomplished.

10 Jun ’21 is done! Here’s what we accomplished.

The 73rd General Assembly has adjourned sine die! Yesterday we officially wrapped on one of the most productive and consequential legislative sessions in recent memory.

After a touch and go start to the year (a pandemic and a few riots will do that), we had the great joy of working under the new federal leadership of President Biden. With determination, relief, and great hope, we got to work to pull Colorado out of the pandemic, and we set our sights on recovery.

Recovery meant getting vaccines in arms, loosening public health measures as it became safe to do so, and building Colorado back stronger than it was before the pandemic. Because we knew that returning to ‘normal’ wasn’t an option. We needed to come out of the pandemic more just and more equitable than before.

Armed with $800 million of state stimulus funding and $3.8 billion of federal recovery funds, we found ourselves in a position to actually move Colorado towards a more just future.

We moved quickly to deliver for the people of Colorado.

Our ‘Colorado Comeback’ consisted of about 30 bipartisan bills that make major, one-time investments in mental health resources, housing resources, infrastructure projects, and workforce development.

I also worked tirelessly alongside a broad coalition on a transportation bill that is an innovative, transformational solution to a broken transportation system. We couldn’t wait any longer to address our transportation needs, and although it may not be perfect, our 200 page solution gets at the root of our existing transportation needs, while future-proofing our transportation system for evolving uses.

And then, on March 22, Boulder experienced a tragedy that brought our community to a halt. We lost 10 lives in a horrific mass shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers, and my community made it known loud and clear – thoughts and prayers weren’t going to cut it. We needed action.

I quickly got to work to put together a package of gun violence prevention legislation that builds on what Colorado has already in place, and takes us even further towards sincere safety.

Through it all, we have emerged stronger – as individuals, as Boulder, as Colorado. The hard work from so many folks has turned into progress that is systemic, bold, and lasting.
I truly believe that Colorado is emerging from the pandemic stronger, more resilient and more equitable. 

I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments this session – and they were many.

 

Just a few highlights:

Want to hear even more? Join us Monday, June 14th at 6:00 PM for a virtual town hall where we’ll highlight our accomplishments and take your questions! You can register for the event her
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So, now what?

After a couple days of rest, we’ll get back to work on our plan to spend the federal stimulus funding Colorado received from the American Rescue Plan. Bipartisan interim committees will meet throughout the summer and fall to explore the smartest ways to invest that funding in mental and behavioral health programs, affordable housing solutions, workforce development, and much more.
The work continues.