Lindsey Daugherty, Candidate for State Representative, House District 29
1. Would you support a full repeal of TABOR? If yes, how would you propose achieving success at the ballot? If no, what provisions of it will you support repealing or revising, and how would you propose achieving success at the ballot?
Election after election, the people of Colorado have proven they don’t want to give up their right to have a say in tax increases. But there are parts of TABOR we can work to repeal to help our state. We need to remove the revenue cap, and also change the way questions can be worded so voters are better informed. The truth is TABOR was written to be inherently misleading to voters. It’s my belief that if voters were better informed, there are revenue increases that would actually be approved. But restricting the voters’ rights on approving increases is something that has proven to be unpopular.
2. Last year, the state legislature passed a bill committing the state to cut climate pollution (from 2005 levels) 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050. What further legislation will you promote in order to achieve those goals, and how will you address vehicle emissions as part of the framework?
We need to ensure that the state’s commitment doesn’t become a hollow promise. Legislators need to work with this Governor, and future Governors, to make sure these goals are reached. The Legislature needs to work on legislation that will actually help us reach these goals. We need to assess state assets that are contributing to climate change and transition them to renewable energy. We also need to work with businesses in the state to ensure a just transition for workers in the oil and gas industry.
3. What is your position on a non-profit single-payer healthcare system or an improved Medicare for All system in Colorado, and how will it help solve our health care crisis and the high cost of prescription drugs?
A single-payer system can’t be achieved without the full support of the federal government. Colorado can’t tackle a single-payer system on its own. What we can do is pass legislation that lowers the cost of prescription drugs, holds insurance companies accountable and protects health care access for our rural communities.
4. What is your position regarding public schools, including charter schools? What will you do to strengthen our public school system?
Every student deserves access to quality public education. Public dollars should be publicly managed. Where charter schools can be effectively used are for students with special educational requirements. Coming from a family with a lot of teachers, I hear firsthand about the specific issues regarding our public schools on a daily basis. Increasing teacher pay, ensuring that our students have access to adequate mental health support, and doing all we can to create a safe school environment are all ideas to strengthen our public school system.
5. How does using military force (violence) as the central tenant of our foreign policy effect violence in our communities? What can the legislature do to stem the increased militarism of local police?
We need legislation that will increase training requirements, and we also need to revisit what types of weapons and equipment police departments are the most effective. It’s important that the legislature takes steps to work with local government on de-escalation training and community-centered policing. Community centered policing helps bring an inclusive style of community accountability and safety. It helps align the interests of the community and the interests of law enforcement
Increasing training on the use of force models, cultural training, and community immersion would be the first steps in getting the police involved and engaged with the community and in turn making the community have a positive attitude (and possibly helpful) to our police. This would take out the need to escalate to military-grade response and equipment.
6. How will you address the needs of the undocumented children who have only known the U.S. as their home country?
While programs like DACA can only be addressed at the federal level, it’s vitally important that Colorado protects its immigrant communities, and that the federal government doesn’t interfere with Colorado laws. I’m proud that Colorado passed the DREAM act, and will do everything in my power to protect it from federal interference.
7. How will you address affordable housing, attainable housing, and housing for the homeless?
I am open to different approaches to making affordable housing a reality for Coloradans. For example, partnerships between the local and private sector that help ensure that investors have incentives and reasons to invest in and build affordable units, affordable housing task forces, and partnering with local communities and businesses are all ideas that can be further explored in order to make sure that housing is affordable in Colorado.
8. How will you address the needs of urban and rural communities and how do you see them differing?
What works in the metro area doesn’t always work in rural communities. As a legislator, I would want to make sure the bills we’re looking at aren’t harming one community for the sake of another. I will work closely with members of the community, including local leadership, to ensure that I am doing my best to represent the people of House District 29 and the unique challenges and issues that are specific to this District.
9. Do you support the right of workers, as well as public employees, to organize and engage in collective bargaining?
Yes, absolutely. If workers aren’t allowed to organize to ensure fair working conditions and liveable wages, we all lose.
10. Do you support legislation to ban private correctional facilities in Colorado?
This is something that needs to be looked at. More and more every day we learn that facilities like the GEO facility in Aurora have no place in Colorado. My understanding is there is currently a bill introduced in the legislature to address private prisons, and I’m interested to see where it ends up. We need to ensure that people are not looked at as just a dollar sign and that we are offering programs and treatment for individuals who are incarcerated so that they have the best chance of being successful citizens once they are released.