The legislative session has started with the obligatory formal ceremonies. The initial speeches laying out agendas have been given, and now, having had my first flight home canceled because of a combination of bad weather and flight crew issues, all is back to normal here in Denver. Patience and flexibility are two key personality traits to work on as a legislator.
Friends from home teased about the numerous choruses of bipartisanship echoing from the Capitol and asked me how long that might last. I’m guessing the singing of “Kumbaya” is about over as we move to the substance of why we’re here – that is, to make state-level policy for Colorado for the next year.
We do have lots to work on, and I was pleased to hear Gov. John Hickenlooper put front and center, in his State of the State Address, his priority of improving Colorado’s economy. I wholeheartedly agree that is where our focus should be, and I will support him in that effort.
Until people have good jobs, a sense of purpose in their daily lives and the feeling that their government is working for them, not against them, we’ll continue to have significant tension and understandable angst.
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