Q&A with Majority Leader Becker
December 8, 2016
Grand County's current Representative in the Colorado House of Representatives is KC Becker (D). After winning her reelection bid in Nov. Rep. Becker was elected to the serve as the House Majority Leader by her fellow House Democrats. The Sky-Hi recently sent a series of questions to Majority Leader Becker and her responses follow.
Q: First of all congratulations on your selection as House Majority Leader. How does it feel to be selected for that leadership role?
A: I'm honored and excited to be selected by my peers to be their majority leader. We have a lot of work ahead of us and I look forward to tackling it.
Q: Do you have any plans to come to Grand County in the next few months? If so when and where and what type of events?
A: I'll be in Grand County all day on Dec. 12 to meet in Kremmling with Grand County commissioners and mayors then touring Frasier Elementary School and then on to a couple other meetings.
Q: What issues do you expect the House Democrats to focus on as their top priorities for the coming session?
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A: We are going to be focusing on solving our transportation funding issues, and making sure those who feel left behind in Colorado are heard and have their complaints addressed. With transportation in particular, Colorado has a growing transportation backlog that will only get bigger and more expensive the longer we wait to address it. We are really hoping for and working toward a bipartisan solution to funding our transportation backlog that extends throughout the state.
Q: What issues do you expect the House Republicans to focus on this year?
A: I hope to be meeting with them soon to hear more about their priorities. Democrats are ready and willing to partner on lots of things. I think that criminal justice reform is one potential area we can find a lot of common ground, as well as the need to continue to work on water efficiency and water planning efforts.
Q: What areas/issues do you expect to create the most contention between the two Parties in the Chamber?
A: Colorado has conflicting constitutional provisions that make budgeting especially difficult. Agreeing where to spend money is always a lot of work.
Q: Have you already decided which bills you will sponsor this coming session? If so what are those bills and what issues do they address?
A: I'm still working on bill ideas and hearing from constituents and others about their priorities. I'll also continue to work on a bipartisan basis. But specifically, I'll continue to work on water legislation that benefits conservation., public lands issues, and greater transparency in campaign finance.
A large part of my job this year, as Majority Leader, will be to manage the House calendar and the time we have meet on the floor as the Committee of the Whole. In Colorado, we make sure every bill gets a fair hearing and a big part of my job is to make sure that process goes smoothly.
Q: What issues do you expect to address during the coming session that will directly impact or benefit Grand County?
A: As I mentioned, I'll continue to work on water and public land issues. Transportation funding is also important to Grand County. I'm glad that CDOT had the ability to contribute to helping the ski train return to Grand County, but as transportation budgets get tighter, projects like that get harder to get done.