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Voting record is disheartening
Editor:
I’m a registered Independent voter living in State Senate District 16. Next November, we’ll be voting to fill a key position in our state senate, so it’s important we educate ourselves on the candidates, make a thoughtful smart choice, then get out and vote. As I began researching the voting record of our current State Sen. Tim Neville, I quickly became disheartened. My hope is that these few highlights from my research will allow others to better understand who has been representing us at the state capitol.
On jobs and the economy: Energy-efficiency programs are important economic drivers with environmental benefits. Last year, a bipartisan bill aimed to renew the state’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, which has provided cost-saving incentives for consumers, created 40,000 jobs and been responsible for reducing carbon pollution. This bill had support from small businesses, major manufacturers, local service companies, and organizations such as the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. What’s not to love? Of course, the bill passed. Tim Neville voted against it. (House Bill 1227)
On our kid’s health: We all know lead is harmful to our health. This is supported by both the EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who agree there’s no known safe level of lead in a child’s blood. Last year, a bipartisan bill was introduced to protect our children by providing resources for testing of lead in public schools’ drinking water. So, really, who wouldn’t want to protect our kids from lead in their drinking water? Tim Neville — he voted against it. Thank goodness, it passed by a screaming majority! (House Bill 1306)
On transportation and infrastructure: A bipartisan bill would have allowed voters to decide whether to increase the state sales tax a half of 1 percent to fix Colorado’s transportation problems. However, Sen. Neville was among the deciding votes killing this bill in the Senate Finance Committee. By doing so, he prevented the full senate from debating and determining whether voters could make this decision at the polls. Then in the Oct. 18 Denver Post, he had the nerve to  say, “… The state needs to focus on fixing transportation issues and updating its infrastructure. …” You can’t have it both ways, Sen. Neville. (House Bill 1242)
What I’ve mentioned are just three of Sen. Neville’s recent egregious votes undermining Coloradans’ welfare. He’s doing a very poor job of representing me and the majority of District 16. Next November, I’m going to do something about that.
Lynn Dimmick
Evergreen

Practical economics 101: some details about tax ‘reform’
Editor:
First, there is no evidence that the tax code will be simplified. Keep your tax accountant if you have one.
There is no evidence that tax cuts spur economic growth, and if you’ve lived through the Reagan and Bush eras, you’d know that. It is common knowledge that consumer spending has a far greater effect on economic growth than any tax law. And, tax cuts never pay for themselves.
Tax cuts alone do not create jobs. But corporate tax cuts will increase their profits, which then go into the pockets of their shareholders. If you’re not an investor, you don’t benefit.
Tax policies do not drive labor markets, nor do they increase wages. If you don’t believe that, you’ve had your eyes shut for decades as working class Americans have not seen appropriate wage increases; but corporations are certainly not hurting.
The tax cuts now being offered to the corporations and wealthy Americans will cost at least $1.5 trillion. To pay for this handout to a segment of the population that does not need it, $1 trillion will be slashed from Medicaid. Medicare will sustain immediate cuts of $25 billion, and over time cuts of $500 billion. Several popular tax deductions and credits will be eliminated.
Do the math and it’s easy to see how the rich are getting richer. So, now a so-called tax reform bill has become another way for the GOP to wreck health care insurance for seniors and needy Americans. And repealing the Obamacare mandate is just another GOP cherry on top.
Any tax cuts given to a middle-class family will vanish in a few years. Remember that your legislators are not in the middle class. They are making nearly $200,000 a year with a very sweet health care benefit package for life. But they don’t seem to have a problem barring several million people from health insurance in the coming years.
Why does the GOP perpetually scream about the deficit and then vote to add $1.5 trillion to it? How I wish Cory Gardner could and would explain this to me.
If you believe the proposed tax “reform” won’t benefit Trump and his cronies as he claims, then you are being conned. If you believe the “average American family will see a tax cut of $4,000” (as stated by Sarah Sanders), and your tax return will fit on a postcard (claimed by Paul Ryan), then I’ve got a Trump tower I can sell you.
Janis Dufford
Evergreen