As we head into the 2013 legislative session, I am excited to get to work on the many issues facing Colorado. While running for election this year, I spoke with constituents throughout House District 61 about my dedication to improving Colorado's economy, bettering the education system for our children - the workforce of tomorrow - and protecting our land and environment. I will head into the new session with these issues as my priorities.Last year, I sponsored and passed the READ Act with bipartisan support to ensure and improve early childhood literacy. I plan to continue my life's work as an educator as the newly appointed Chairwoman of the House Education Committee. In this position, I will oversee all pieces of legislation pertaining to educating our children. Because of my passion and career in the education field, I am honored to serve in this position. I will also serve on the Business, Labor & Economic & Workforce Development and on the Appropriations committees. Through my involvement in this work, I will have the opportunity to support our small businesses and be involved with decision-making that affects how state funds are allocated.People throughout Colorado continue to be concerned with our economy. As the economy recovers, there is still much to do to ensure a continuous and robust economy. I will be working with House leadership and all of my colleagues to generate ideas and implement action that will foster an environment for a robust Colorado economy. We will be focusing on economic development incentives that work and providing support for small businesses. While there are only so many things we can do as a state General Assembly to help create jobs, there are specific steps we can take. Some of these include investing in education to ensure a viable workforce of tomorrow, implementing retraining and workforce programs, connecting entrepreneurs and innovators to the public marketplace, and investing in tourism.As we all know, Colorado has an abundance of natural resources which positions us well to cultivate these resources to create jobs. Colorado has both traditional and renewable energy resources. We must continue to invest in renewables to create jobs and lessen our carbon footprint. We must work with all stakeholders to implement policies that respect our environment and spur job creation and innovation. We must find a balance that respects property rights, safeguards our air and water supply, protects tourism and agriculture, and continues to foster job creation.I am proud to represent HD 61 and to be an advocate for our Western Slope and mountain communities in Denver. I look forward to working with you to protect the beauty of Colorado while improving the quality of life for all of our residents. Please contact me with your questions and concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can do my best to represent what matters to you.State Rep. Millie Hamner resides in Dillon.