04 Aug Summer, so far.
Hard to believe it’s already August! While I and the Senate Dems have had a relatively low-profile the last couple of months, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. We’ve stayed busy establishing interim committees, getting 2021 bills implemented, and monitoring the new developments of COVID-19.
Read on for updates on summer so far in Senate District 18 and across Colorado…
New Appointments to American Rescue Plan Committees
House and Senate leadership recently made appointments to two of the three task forces that will make recommendations on how the state will spend the remainder of the American Rescue Plan funds. These two committees are charged specifically with making transformational investments in solving our affordable housing crisis and our behavioral/mental health crisis across our state. No pressure, friends…
This is a major step forward towards spending the hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding we received in May. It’s a big deal.
As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread around our state and community, the CDC has recommended that, as a precaution, both vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks in indoor public spaces.
Our best defense against new variants and community spread is to increase our vaccine rates so transmission decreases and breakthrough cases become even rarer. Find out everything you need to know about how to get a free, safe vaccine here.
Have questions about Colorado’s ongoing COVID-19 response? Reach out to my office at email@example.com.
- Colorado’s Independent Redistricting Commission is on a statewide tour to gather feedback about the proposed congressional and legislative district maps. If you have thoughts you’d like to share on the draft maps, the Boulder public comment hearing will be on Wednesday, August 11th at 7:00pm, located at CU’s Center for Academic Success and Engagement in the auditorium on the 4th floor. Find info on remote participation here.
- There are only two more Boulder Bands on the Bricks concerts this summer! August 4thand August 11th will close out this year’s summer concert series. Learn more here.
- Boulder recently rolled out a new feature on its website that allows you to search and explore all of Boulder’s hiking trails! You can find and sort trails by length, difficulty and closure status. Check it out here!
Right now, the US Senate is deciding what to do about climate change. They can go big or stay small.
Now’s the time to email Senators Hickenlooper and Bennet to tell them to go big with a price on carbon. Then, give them a call as well.
Child Tax Credits Hit Mailboxes
The first round of Child Tax Credits hit mailboxes & bank accounts last month! That means parents of 1 million Colorado kids have started receiving a monthly check of up to $300 per child!
The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan is the largest Child Tax Credit ever and provides historic relief to most working families. A huge thanks goes out to Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, who has been a longtime champion of this policy and was essential in getting it included in the American Rescue Plan.
If you’re eligible & filed taxes in 2019 or 2020 you should be automatically receiving payments. If you didn’t see a payment come through last month and you believe you should have, you can sign up here.
Sans Souci Residents Buy Mobile Home Park
The culmination of years of advocacy and policy work finally resulted the Sans Souci community purchasing the land their mobile homes sit on.
Residents of mobile home parks like Sans Souci understand their needs better than anyone else. Returning the power to their hands to make decisions on their own behalf grants new freedoms and greater stability.
Learn more about their purchase here.
Between everything that’s been going on since session ended I’ve been able to squeeze in some much needed time with family. Most of it spent trying to keep up with Isa, who – at 19 months – is always on the move.
Never a dull moment.