Senator Steve Fenberg | Your Reminder to Relax Your Shoulders
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Your Reminder to Relax Your Shoulders

28 Jan Your Reminder to Relax Your Shoulders

“Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.”
– 
Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate

Friend,

For the first time in a long time, I heard the promise of hope and real progress from our President. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have put forward an ambitious agenda and an accomplished team to get us over the many hurdles our country faces. A few things already checked off their list:

  • Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement
  • Rejoining the World Health Organization
  • Halting the border wall
  • Safeguarding protections for Dreamers
  • Ending the Muslim travel ban
  • Ending the ban on transgender military service

 

I’m still getting used to Dems in DC being on the offense after so many years of playing defense. It’s a good feeling.

Meanwhile, here in Boulder, I recently shared my own priorities for this year’s legislative session. We have the opportunity to get meaningful work done this year; tackling big problems like our state’s economic recovery, the climate crisis, and building a 21st century transportation system. If you’re interested in reading more about what’s on my mind as we get back to work, check out my op-ed in the Boulder Daily Camera.

Watch Out for Identity Theft!
Cases of unemployment insurance fraud and identity theft are way up. If you receive unemployment paperwork but did not file a claim, or otherwise believe you are a victim of identity theft related to unemployment benefits, submit a fraud report through the Department of Labor and Employment’s website and follow the additional steps they have listed. The good news is that the state just rolled out a whole new unemployment benefits system that is much better at catching fraud and ensuring payments are getting to the right people on time.

Small Business Grant Opportunity
Boulder County Small Business COVID-19 Grant applications are due this Friday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.
 This grant program was created by legislation we passed last month in the Special Session. Eligible businesses include: restaurants, bars, caterers, movie theaters, gyms, and recreation centers. Access the online application here.

  • Good news: Boulder County’s five day average of new COVID-19 cases is decreasing, and it’s safe to say we’re beyond the point where we would have seen a holiday spike in infections. Let’s continue our progress by wearing masks and staying social distanced.
  • Vaccines remain in limited supply, but the distribution system is steadily improving and the number of doses administered is increasing every day. Boulder County residents can find information about receiving their vaccine here. Statewide vaccine information can be found here.
  • The state has launched a hotline to help Coloradans get answers to questions about COVID-19 and vaccinations. The toll-free number is: 1-877-268-2926.
  • There are a number of different resources available to support small businesses, nonprofits, freelancers, and independent contractors. Find information about all of those opportunities here.

 

The legislature will be back in session in a few weeks and I’ve been busy working on my legislation and honing the Democrats’ legislative agenda for 2021. If you’ve got ideas on what the legislature can do to get Colorado back on its feet and build back stronger, please reach out! I’m eager to get back to our regularly scheduled, in person work. Stay tuned for more updates, and stay safe in the meantime.

Onward,