Rising cost of living emerges as key issue at Colorado Statehouse — but parties are far apart on solutions
Early on, the most ambitious proposals appear significantly more likely to land in a 2018 campaign ad than on the governor’s desk.
January 17, 2018
Colorado's mile-high cost of living is emerging as a key issue for lawmakers in the 2018 legislative session — but so far, the two parties are prescribing vastly different remedies.
To Democrats, government should be doing more to alleviate the middle-class crunch with funding for new social programs and affordable housing.
"We have a responsibility to hardworking Coloradans to actually do something," said Rep. Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, "not just throw up our hands and hope someone else fixes the problem."
To Republicans, the size of government is precisely the problem; they've offered two bills already to cut taxes, even as Democrats are looking to raise new revenue.
"I think it's a fundamental disagreement we have on what the role of government is," said Rep. Cole Wist, the assistant House Republican leader from Centennial.
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But early on, the most ambitious proposals appear significantly more likely to land in a 2018 campaign ad than on the governor's desk to be signed into law.