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Q&A with HD25 candidate Andrew Scripter

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By Vicky Gits

How much money have you raised from donors?

To date, our campaign has raised $ 23,471  and we have had 207 individuals contribute to our campaign.

How much of your own money have you contributed to your campaign?

About $15,000

 

What should be the role of state government?

State government exists by the consent of the people to provide for the collective good of citizens and legal residents. Our state government exists to protect our civil liberties, property, and our democratic way of life. It is the role of our legislative branch to safeguard our state’s treasury, our state bond rating, and be fiscally responsible in allocating our hard-earned tax dollars for the public good.

 

What is your position on the immigration issue?

I believe that we are a nation founded upon the rule of law, and we must enforce our immigration laws. Furthermore, it is not fiscally responsible, feasible or ethical to use taxpayer dollars to support public services to illegal aliens.

I also believe this country needs to dramatically expand access for legal immigration. Legal immigration to our free land is our proud heritage, and it is what makes this nation the light of the world.

 

What is the highest-priority transportation need and how should the state be addressing it?

We cannot grow the economy of our state without a significant and ongoing investment in our public transportation infrastructure. It is clear that more than 20 percent of our state’s roads need to be modernized and 129 bridges need to be rebuilt. This is our state’s top-priority transportation need. It is a wise investment because it ensures long-term economic viability for Colorado while creating local jobs and immediate economic stimulus.

 

What is the role of mass transportation in the future of the state?

Today's changing energy paradigm and inflation trends tell us that mass transit is going to play an increasing role in our state’s transportation solutions. It is not enough to say, "Let’s widen or build more roads." We as taxpayers and residents need to answer the question: How are we integrating new mass-transit solutions with our existing infrastructure?

 

What should be the role of the state in managing water resources for the future?

We all need an abundant supply of clean, fresh and affordable water. State government plays a vital role in ensuring that our water resources match our growing population. This requires a public investment in the right infrastructure and also requires that the state be a fair broker of water rights to all Colorado interests: residential, agriculture and commercial. One thing is certain, when it comes to Colorado water rights: Colorado should prioritize local needs over out-of-state interests.

 

What is your opinion on the merits, if any, of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights?

I am proud that we live in a state that has a Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), which gives citizens voting power over tax policy. This helps limit the size of government. With a slight modification of TABOR, we can help fund essential public needs like transportation infrastructure and education, which provide a long-term economic benefit for all Coloradans.

 

How do you feel about Gov. Ritter’s plan to take oil and gas tax money and pay for college scholarships?

I support the principle of the governor’s plan. However, I would have like to have a broader range of use from the severance revenues. I support a bipartisan approach that takes into account Republican Rep. Frank McNulty’s view that we should spend a portion of the money on transportation needs.

 

Does the state need to raise taxes to give more to higher education or education in general  (Amendment 58)?

The state is not, should not, and cannot raise individual income taxes for higher education. Higher education is certainly worthy of strong public investment, but raising individual income taxes to fund higher education is not on the table right now, nor should it be in this challenging economic environment.

 

What is Amendment 59 and how will it cost the public if it is passed?

Amendment 59, or the Savings Account for Education, is one of the thoughtful and well-planned measures on the ballot this fall. It will provide for a long-term investment in the state’s economy by supporting K-12 education.

Amendment 59 will ensure that if there is a budget surplus, a portion of that will go into a long-term savings account for education. That way if the state ever runs into budget trouble down the road, we will have funds saved. This is not only fiscally responsible it is correct, forward-thinking public policy.