Letter to the Editor: Hold Democrats accountable for wasteful spending and inflation

Mike Tab

The cost of everything — energy, food, transportation, housing — has increased nationally from less than 2% prior to 2021, to 8.2% today. In Colorado, the 12-month inflation rate is 7.7%. Since January, 2021 costs for mountain west families are up 15.6%. Unchecked inflation is fast outpacing any increase in wages which is reducing your standard of living.

Colorado’s one-party rule by Democrats has resulted in a full-on pursuit of taxing anything that moves (and call it fees), implementing excessive regulations, and aggressively assaulting our fossil fuel industry, all of which has/will exacerbate inflation.

Dylan Roberts and Julie McCluskie can claim to stand up for West Slope interests, but their actions in support of the Democrat legislative agenda in Denver have not done, and will not do, anything to reduce inflation.

McCluskie, who is chair of the powerful Joint Budget Committee, and Roberts claim they have been successful because they have spent hundreds of millions of public monies on healthcare, education, and the environment. Just since the fiscal year beginning in 2019, total State spending has grown $5.8 billion to $37.7 billion this fiscal year. Has their spending reduced inflation or improved the quality of our healthcare, education, or the environment? Is your healthcare cost going down? In the last month Bright Health and Humana have announced they are pulling out of the Colorado market. Are we going to hear this is good for reducing costs? Have you looked at the failing Summit County test scores as reported by the Summit Daily News?

Ignore the rhetoric, look at the results of their actions. Voting for the same people and their agenda and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. It is time for a change. Matt Solomon and David Buckley have offered concrete solutions to curb inflation. They deserve your vote.

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