This is an “ISSUES” campaign
I believe representation matters, now more than ever. With BLM and the racial justice movement taking center stage, and the Legislature focused on post-COVID economic recovery, it is essential that we make every effort to transition to a more just and equitable society. I am seeking to represent constituents in Broomfield, Larimer and Weld counties because I care about our most vulnerable populations and have shared some of their experiences: I have lived with a mixed-immigration status; I have filed a political Asylum case for my parents; I have been without health insurance while pregnant; I have also struggled as a teaching professor with a PhD living paycheck to paycheck. I want to bring these experiences to my representation for our children and seniors, our working families and small business owners – they all need to be supported in these challenging economic times and given every opportunity to enjoy Colorado’s high quality of life! To that end, I have proposed specific plans to jumpstart our economy that are inclusive, sustainable and people-focused. Mine is an issues-based campaign centered on service and passing legislation that would benefit everyone. Smart fiscal policy will allow us to not only re-energize our strong renewable industries sector, but will also support our most affected and historically-underserved populations: those living in poverty, lacking training, or having lost or been unable to find a way to earn a decent income.
As a newly-naturalized U.S. citizen, I am honored to live in a country whose principles of freedom and civic responsibility I value and hold so dear. I dedicated over seventeen years in service to my community through educational, advocacy and artistic work as a tax-paying Coloradan. I care deeply about the health, safety and wellbeing of my neighbors, friends and family and am willing to take urgent and bold action to: 1) ensure that our air, water and soil are safe for all; 2) that our schools have adequate funding; 3) that our healthcare system can deliver quality medical services and pharmaceuticals that are AFFORDABLE; 4) that we reexamine our social services to address racial and social inequities; and 5) that our transportation infrastructure is updated and our immigration processes overhauled.
Here are some examples of the proposed legislation:
- To help restart our economy and get us going again
2. To get our people back to work and our crumbling infrastructure a much-needed fix
I TOOK A PLEDGE…
Galina’s Progressive Legislative Priorities for SD 23!
ENVIRONMENT –– stop Trump’s assault on our public lands & address the existential crisis of climate change
- Increase severance taxes on Oil and Gas extraction and increase fines for Oil and Gas companies that fail to file well production reports, like Anadarko (missing 2016-2018)
- Propose out-of-the-box solutions to minimize the use of plastics, including establishing a new statewide recycling program (atomization through TURBO machines; bacterial bio-recycling)
- Champion legislation that shifts energy reliance to renewable, green industries such as wind and solar
HEALTHCARE / MENTAL HEALTH –– all options must be on the table, including a ‘public option’
- Support mental-health solutions proposed by Rep. Jonathan Singer, adding more pilot programs and education for police force to destigmatize mental illness and create new protocols for intervention
- Support legislation by Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis increasing the importation of Canadian pharmaceuticals and accessibility to life-saving medication at a reasonable cost
- Support the Governor’s proposal for a ‘public option’ to increase competition and lower costs
EDUCATION –– the TABOR amendment undermines funding and must be modified or repealed
- Refer graduated income tax on high income earners over $1 million to voters to increase funding for K-12 and Higher Education
- Address teacher shortages by allowing applicants with advanced degrees and instructional experience to teach in K-12 schools without needing teacher ‘certification’
- Refer measure to voters restoring local school board authority to increase property taxes to fund schools (simply returning to pre-TABOR era for K-12 school funding)
TRANSPORTATION –– increase revenue to expand transportation options and mitigate traffic gridlock
- Allow HOV use for 2+ passengers to allow safer travel for carpools and commuters with children
- Expand the boundaries of the RTD taxing district to include all of Douglas County, bringing in millions of additional dollars annually to fund rail along US-36 and up the I-25 corridor to Fort Collins
- Allow commuters to deduct the cost of tolls to/from work as a business expense on CO income taxes
CHILDCARE –– is cost-prohibitive and negatively impacts 60 percent of the workforce – women
- Partner with CO businesses and industries to reduce the cost of childcare for working moms and dads
- Increase tax credits for families with children (double the CO tax credit and expand income brackets)
- Propose a commission to study options for identifying additional revenue to offset childcare costs
- Propose a commission to study possibilities for funding sources to combat infertility
IMMIGRATION –– take state action against Trump’s violation of Human Rights against immigrants
- Introduce resolution supporting the bipartisan American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6)
- Provide legal assistance to expedite the processing time for permanent resident immigrants
- Keep families together
DO YOU HAVE OTHER LEGISLATIVE IDEAS?
PLEASE CONTACT ME! I AM RUNNING FOR STATE SENATE TO REPRESENT YOU!
Thanks! – Galina