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Education - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> Home Meet John Español Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donate Now Donate Now Education Building a Stronger Education System INTRODUCTION Education is one of the most important investments we make in our children and our nation. At best, it is a social equalizer and ticket to economic success, regardless of a student’s race, gender, or zip code. But decades of underinvestment in our public schools have made this goal more aspiration than reality. And COVID-19 has thrown the consequences of this systemic inequality, deprioritization, and  neglect into stark relief, with an entire generation of learners at risk of falling far behind due to the pandemic. The education system today is one where educators are working longer hours for low pay, school infrastructure is crumbling — especially in rural and low-income areas — and students are being deprived of the resources they need to learn and grow. All the while, our nation’s shameful history of segregation is on full display, with children of color being disproportionately relegated to the underfunded and underperforming schools that have the fewest resources with which to navigate the pandemic. Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration — supported by Senator Cory Gardner — have made the situation worse. They have proposed funding cuts to public education systems in favor of unprecedented support to private schools that cater to the wealthy. They have actively undermined the civil rights of LGBTQ students and students with disabilities. They worked to  erode Title IX protections against sexual harassment on campus. And they have made it harder for individuals defrauded by predatory institutions to have their student loans forgiven—while doing nothing about the student debt crisis plaguing our nation.  Now COVID-19 is straining the system to its breaking point. By shuttering schools, the coronavirus has highlighted just how essential they are. In addition to learning and socialization, schools offer a safe place for kids while parents are at work, regular meals for students who otherwise might not get them, and support for the mental and physical health of Colorado’s young people. The pandemic has forced administrators to weigh the pitfalls of in-person instruction against remote models; parents to juggle work obligations with the learning needs of their children; educators and families to grapple with the broadband and technology requirements of an overnight transition to online education; and students to make sense of their new, socially-distant reality, with the most vulnerable becoming even more at-risk. While it is a difficult time for all Americans, the years of underinvestment in our education system have made the challenge of reopening our schools during COVID-19 especially acute.  There is another way. If Congress makes education a priority, we would be able to recover in the short-term and rebuild a more resilient system in the long-term. As your senator, I commit to doing both. We must do what I did as mayor and work toward universal preschool, giving students across the country the benefit of what Denver now enjoys. We must invest in every aspect of our public schools, from educators to electives, with a focus on meeting the needs of historically underserved students and ensuring that a quality education is available to all. And we must make higher education more attainable, by increasing college affordability and expanding pathways to apprenticeships and skills training. I believe that a stronger, more inclusive education system is possible and look forward to getting it done in the U.S. Senate. INVEST IN EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING Ensure Universal Access to Early Childhood Education and Preschool: As a parent, I know that learning starts at birth. Early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make as a nation to help ensure that every child is prepared for kindergarten and beyond. In addition, we know that parents cannot work without access to high-quality, affordable child care. That is why, as mayor of Denver, I helped create the Denver Preschool Program, which established free, high-quality early childhood education for more than 55,000 Denver students. As senator, I would support Senator Patty Murray’s Child Care for Working Families Act, which would provide universal access to preschool for 3- and 4-year olds and help ensure that child care is affordable for all Colorado families.  STRENGTHEN OUR K-12 SYSTEM Give Schools the Resources They Need to Reopen Safely: Our federal government has failed by nearly every metric in giving educators and parents the confidence that it is safe to reopen schools across the country. Instead, states and districts have been forced to fend for themselves. Schools desperately need funding to develop remote and hybrid learning plans, guide educators through this transition, equip students with laptops and hotspots to make remote instruction possible, ensure that students with disabilities and English language learners have tailored support, and meet families’ wraparound needs that are likely to grow during periods of high unemployment. These funds will also help schools without health centers or nurses — especially in rural neighborhoods and opportunity zones — to implement systems that keep students and educators safe and ensure proper health protocols are being followed. Finally, they will enable schools to provide the mental health support for staff and students that will be so essential to getting through this isolating and difficult time. It is clear that inequalities across districts that were present before COVID-19 are being exacerbated by the pandemic. The federal government has a role to play in filling those gaps, so that all schools, regardless of zip code, can facilitate a safe return to in-person instruction.  The House passed the HEROES Act in May, which included essential funding for K-12 schools. In contrast, the Trump administration has threatened to blackmail schools into reopening, whether or not it makes sense to do so, and Senator Gardner has done nothing to stop that effort. This is unacceptable. Science must guide the decision to reopen, not political expediency, and Congress should provide states with the resources and guidance they need to make those decisions safely. Invest in Public Schools: As a public school parent, I am keenly aware of the particular power that public schools have to equalize opportunities for all students. Yet when public school funding is still far below what it was before the 2008 recession, we know we don’t have our priorities in order. Colorado took enormous strides by providing free, full day kindergarten in 2019, but our school systems will need additional support to make this type of progress nationwide. In the Senate, I will fight to ensure we are investing in our children’s education, particularly through Title I. Those much-needed dollars can help reduce class sizes, increase enrichment opportunities such as after-school and summer literacy programs, and expand free and reduced lunch programs and Breakfast After the Bell. In doing so, we will work to ensure that every child in America is receiving a world-class education, which prepares them to compete in an increasingly global and competitive market.  In addition, I am committed to addressing funding disparities for schools serving students of color, low-income students, English learners, and students with disabilities. Investments in high-needs populations can help to prevent and address persistent achievement gaps between these groups and ensure that every child, no matter who they are or where they live, has access to the resources they need to succeed in school and in life. This funding was important before COVID-19 and is now essential if we are going to safely meet student and educator needs during the pandemic. Finally, we need a Secretary of Education who actually believes in public education. Senator Gardner voted to confirm Betsy DeVos, who sees public schools as a “dead end” and has done everything in her power to funnel resources to private schools instead. A strong advocate for public schools should be running the Department of Education to undo this administration’s damage.  Invest in Teachers and Educators: The quality of a child’s teacher is the most significant school-level factor in determining student achievement. But in Colorado, our educators have some of the lowest salaries in the country and the lowest earning power. As senator, I would prioritize investments in educator salaries, training, and support to ensure that Colorado’s children have access to quality, well-paid teachers. Evidence shows that teachers of color improve outcomes for students of color, so Congress should facilitate the collection of data on the racial diversity of teacher training programs to determine how to better recruit, support, and retain underrepresented educators. The Senate can make these programs more accessible by offering loan forgiveness to educators in high-need areas. Finally, Congress should pass the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, to protect the right of public school staff to organize for union representation.  Support Community Schools: In community schools, a holistic approach to learning acknowledges how much of education happens outside the classroom. Schools offer wraparound services to ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of every student. Parents engage as partners in their child’s academic achievement. Discipline becomes an opportunity to reinforce a positive school environment—not to mimic the criminalization of the justice system. And school leadership teams are diverse and inclusive. I support building on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to increase opportunities for public schools to take a community school approach.  PROMOTE EQUITY IN EDUCATION End the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Students of color are disproportionately impacted by the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a practice in which students — sometimes as young as three — are disciplined under “zero-tolerance policies” and suspended or expelled. Studies show that this early criminalization can lead to adverse academic outcomes for students and increase the likelihood that students drop out of school and interact with the juvenile justice system. These harsh disciplinary policies are linked to limited resources in school systems, highlighting the importance of adequate funding to relieve the burden from educators who are stretched thin. In addition, Congress can help shift the focus from police to counselors in schools and incentivize restorative justice programs. When I was mayor, Denver Public Schools adopted a restorative justice program, which reduced suspensions by 50 percent and boosted graduation rates. It is work I look to build on in the U.S. Senate. Strengthen Supports for English Learners: In Colorado, English learners make up a high percentage of students in our K-12 public schools. Students learning English need targeted supports to help them excel in the classroom. However, federal resources have not kept pace with the increased percentage of English learners in our country. Congress should prioritize investments in Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to provide resources to school districts and schools serving high populations of English learners.  Fulfill Our Commitment to IDEA: Despite its commitment to adequately fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal government has fallen short of its promises. As Senator, I would fight for investments in IDEA so that students with disabilities have access to a free, appropriate education, without school districts and the state having to foot the federal government’s portion of the bill.  Protect the Civil Rights of LGTBQ Students: The Department of Education should be a leader in protecting the rights of LGBTQ youth and funding LGBTQ training for educators. It has shirked its duty to support students under Secretary Betsy DeVos. Since 2017, for example, Secretary DeVos dismissed every Title IX case presented to the department on behalf of transgender students and their right to use the restroom associated with their gender identity. Such discrimination can make school a traumatizing environment, and children can’t learn when they don’t feel safe. The department has a responsibility to hold school districts accountable for incidences of bullying, exclusion, and harassment against LGBTQ students.  Advocate for Rural Schools: Rural schools face unique challenges, particularly during COVID-19, and internet access is at the top of the list. As governor, I was proud to expand broadband across the state, but we have not yet reached everyone. Many educators and families in rural communities still face internet access issues, which have hampered the transition to online learning during the pandemic and widened the digital divide. As senator, I will make expanding high-speed internet nationwide a key priority. In addition, there is incredible work being done by educators in rural Colorado and across the nation. In the U.S. Senate, I will encourage the Department of Education to find ways to connect these leaders to share best practices and access resources specifically designed to bridge learning outcomes between rural and urban communities. MAKE HIGHER EDUCATION MORE ACCESSIBLE Address College Affordability: Student loan debt is a crushing burden for tens of millions of Americans. It is larger than the GDP of 175 countries. This debt load limits future opportunities and is a drag on our economy. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will fight to make higher education affordable for all Americans. This means ensuring service- and mission-based pathways to loan forgiveness by expanding Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). In addition, I support making community college accessible to all regardless of ability to pay, expanding Pell grant eligibility, investing in minority-serving scholarship programs such as TRIO and Gear Up, streamlining FAFSA, reducing the cost of student loans by allowing borrowers to refinance at a lower rate, strengthening protections for students and their families from predatory lenders, and accelerating the consideration by the Department of Education of federal student loan forgiveness requests. Education is the pipeline to opportunity, and, as senator, I would continue the commitment I made as governor to ensure that every Coloradan can afford to attend college and graduate.  Support Equal Access to a College Degree: Minority-Serving Institutions, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, do essential work to address discrimination in education. As your senator, I will make sure these institutions have the funding they need to continue their vital missions. And for students who go to college but are unable to complete their degree, we must collect quality data on racial disparities in graduation rates as well as policy interventions that work best to address these gaps.  STREAMLINE TRANSITIONS TO THE WORKFORCE Expand the Use of Apprenticeships Nationwide: As governor, I pioneered a new way to organize and fund high-quality apprenticeships through CareerWise. The job training program works to provide students with valuable work experience, a paycheck in the tens of thousands, and free college credit—all while still in high school. In an effort to make the teacher corps better reflect the diversity of the student body, for example, CareerWise is helping train students as paraprofessionals, with the opportunity to receive credentials and preferential hiring at their high school upon graduation. The federal government should expand these types of opportunities so that more students can graduate with an industry-recognized credential or certificate that prepares them for success in higher education and the workforce.  Support Alternative Paths to Higher Education: Congress can make higher education more accessible by incentivizing states to adopt concurrent enrollment programs, which enable students to take college credit while still in high school and can save families thousands of dollars in the process. In addition, as senator, I will work to expand access to high-quality career and technical education by providing more funding for the Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. And I intend to build on my work establishing the Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) program in Colorado as governor. These public-private partnerships offer students [DATE REMOVED] of training for both a high school and associate’s degree and have helped thousands in Colorado — many of whom are the first in their families to attend college — prepare for achievement in high-paying STEM careers.  Prepare Students for Careers in Renewable Energy: Colorado has committed to 100% renewable energy by 2040. We will need students to graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary for 21st-century jobs in this sector. Congress should consider specific funding for  skills training programs that can prepare students to contribute to reaching our climate goals while securing well-paying jobs that can help them provide for their families. 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John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate - John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate2%Skip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content VOTANDO EN COLORADO VOTANDO EN COLORADO Indicio Conoce a John English Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donar Donar El cambio está a nuestro alcance Al proporcionar su número de teléfono celular, usted acepta recibir actualizaciones periódicas de la campaña de Hickenlooper para Colorado. Envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra HELP para obtener ayuda, STOP para dejar de recibir mensajes. Puede ser que tarifas de mensajes y data sean aplicadas. Política de Privacidad. La Historia de John John tomó un camino diferente al cargo público. Después de ser despedido como geólogo, abrió la primera cervecería en Colorado. Como propietario de una pequeña empresa, John era activo en la comunidad local y se postuló para un cargo público porque creía que podía aportar una perspectiva diferente y conseguir hacer las cosas. En este momento en que Washington está plagado de divisiones, John sería el solucionador de problemas que necesitamos en el Senado. Aprende más Aprende más $5 $5 $50 $50 $250 $250 $25 $25 $100 $100 Donar Donar Si usted ha guardado su información de pago con Act Blue Express, su donación se realizará de inmediato. Washington está roto. ¡Puedes ayudar a arreglarlo! Cuando abrió la primera cervecería de Colorado, John sirvió a todos: Demócratas o Republicanos. Eso es lo que hizo como Gobernador, y eso es lo que deberían estar haciendo en Washington. Contribuye si estás de acuerdo. Únete a Nosotros Email Código Postal Número de Teléfono Recomendación de canción Al proporcionar su número de teléfono celular, usted acepta recibir actualizaciones periódicas de la campaña de Hickenlooper para Colorado. Envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra HELP para obtener ayuda, STOP para dejar de recibir mensajes. Puede ser que tarifas de mensajes y data sean aplicadas. Política de Privacidad. Política de privacidad Condiciones Accesibilidad English PAGADO POR HICKENLOOPER FOR COLORADO PO Box 18886, Denver, CO 80218 Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Flickr Spotify Youtube
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Economy - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> Home Meet John Español Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donate Now Donate Now Economy Building a Strong, Resilient Economy After COVID-19 INTRODUCTION In mid-[DATE REMOVED], seemingly overnight, our economy shut down. The threat of an invisible yet deadly virus created an economic crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Great Depression. The fallout has been severe, lopsided, and unrelenting. Many small businesses, struggling to come up with the money to stay afloat, have closed their doors for good. Tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs and often their health coverage in one fell swoop. Schools hastily transitioned to online learning, forcing parents to adopt dual roles of working professional and at-home teacher and widening the digital divide for households without reliable internet access. Colorado families have struggled to pay rent while billionaires reached extraordinary levels of wealth. Through it all, essential workers keep going to work, risking their lives to do the jobs that keep our cities running, grocery stores full, and population healthy. These workers, disproportionately Black and Latinx and often without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), have seen their communities especially hard-hit by COVID-19 as a result.  The pandemic has highlighted and often exacerbated structural inequalities that predated this crisis. Systemic racism. Income Inequality. Unaffordable housing. Stagnant wage growth. Climate change. Unaffordable health care. Crumbling infrastructure. Attacks on labor unions. And a weakened social safety net unable to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. For too long, the economy has benefited the wealthiest among us, at the expense of small businesses and working families. As the richest nation on earth, we can and we must do better.   One of the many tragedies of COVID-19 is that willful disregard of science and mismanagement at the highest levels of government worsened this needless catastrophe. When the pandemic first started, President Trump dismissed the crisis out-of-hand, wasting precious weeks when the country could have been mobilizing a strong response. He refused to model good public health behavior by wearing a mask, opposed increased testing because he didn’t like what the data had to say, and sidelined scientists from his administration’s response. And Senator Cory Gardner stood by him every step of the way. While the House passed critical COVID-19 relief legislation in May, Senator Gardner went on vacation instead of taking action—leaving Colorado families in the lurch.  We need a problem-solver who knows how to get things done representing Colorado in the U.S. Senate, not a Donald Trump ‘yes’ man. As Governor, I helped bring Colorado’s economy from 40th in job creation to the number one economy in the nation. I know what it takes to recover from the fires, floods, and other crises that Coloradans have faced in the past. And as an entrepreneur, I have experienced firsthand the thrills and challenges of running a small business. If elected, I will draw from these experiences to rebuild our economy stronger and more resilient than before. My four-point plan calls for economic growth that is immediate, inclusive, integrated, and innovative to get our country back on track after COVID-19.  Here’s what this plan means for Coloradans:   Immediate: Help Colorado families weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Inclusive: End giveaways to big corporations, invest in workers, and make sure every community can benefit from Colorado’s economic success. Integrated: Align the skills of the workforce with the needs of Colorado employers. Innovative: Invest in the most dynamic and value-creating industries of the future. An immediate, inclusive, integrated, and innovative economic plan will make it easier for Coloradans to earn a living wage, build and grow small businesses, and develop the skills needed to succeed in the 21st-century economy.  IMMEDIATE Help Colorado families weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19  Prioritize Public Health to Reopen the Economy: Our economy cannot fully rebound from COVID-19 until we get the present outbreak under control. But Senate Republicans, including Cory Gardner, shirked their responsibility to pass relief legislation that helps Americans stay afloat and healthy when returning to work. The government must adopt a national, equitable vaccine development and distribution strategy—one that does not cut corners in the name of politics. In the interim, the production and procurement of PPE and COVID-19 testing should continue to be a top priority to keep workers safe on the job.  Support the Smallest Businesses: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a successful lifeline for some companies—but not everyone was able to benefit. Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, as well as many of the smallest businesses, struggled to navigate a flawed program that disadvantaged minority and small business owners who lacked pre-existing relationships with big banks. Senator Gardner personally advocated to expand the program, allowing large, publicly-traded corporations to be at the front of the line for assistance. Congress must prioritize assistance to the smallest small businesses through entities such as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDI), which primarily lend to underbanked communities and communities of color. The stakes could not be higher for our 630,000 small businesses in Colorado and the 1.1 million Coloradans they employ.  Help Local Governments Through the Economic Crisis: States and municipalities are facing severe funding shortfalls due to the pandemic, which means cuts to education programs, layoffs for public employees, dwindling unemployment funds, and canceled contracts with local businesses. Congress should provide fiscal relief to local governments to jumpstart the economic recovery in states like Colorado and prevent further decline.  Pass Legislation to Help Coloradans get Back on Their Feet: From supplemental emergency unemployment insurance to eviction assistance and funding for schools to safely reopen, Congressional legislation is necessary to help Coloradans recover from COVID-19. The House passed a bill in May, while Mitch McConnell and Cory Gardner’s Senate spent [DATE REMOVED] bickering without passing additional relief. In the Senate, I will focus my efforts on legislation that aids the Coloradans who have been most affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We cannot afford any more delays. INCLUSIVE End giveaways to big corporations, invest in workers, and make sure every community can benefit from Colorado’s economic success Fight for Working Families: In 2017, President Trump and Cory Gardner’s Senate enacted a regressive tax giveaway to wealthy families and corporations. The results were predictable: inadequate support for workers and more stock buybacks and government debt. 60 of the country’s biggest companies such as Amazon and Netflix even used the law to pay no taxes at all. Unfortunately, these actions are part of a larger pattern from Washington Republicans of supporting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Revenue from corporate taxes, aided by billions in targeted tax breaks, has been on the decline for decades, leaving the middle class to foot more of the bill. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will prioritize putting money back in the pockets of working families. I support expanding and strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), which have effectively tackled poverty and boosted incomes for countless Coloradans. I am in favor of funding critical nutrition and workforce programs such as SNAP, WIC, and TANF—lifelines during and after economic crises like COVID-19. I will fight for a public option, to boost competition and lower health care costs, which are a huge expense for many families. And I will protect Social Security—which helps millions of Americans retire with dignity—against any attempt to reduce benefits. Help People Earn a Living Wage: For decades, the cost of living has skyrocketed and paychecks simply haven’t kept up. The value of the minimum wage has gone down by thirty-one percent from its peak in 1968. Stagnant wages put families in a more precarious financial position when the pandemic hit. This reality is unacceptable. While Senator Gardner has voted against increasing the minimum wage, I support raising it to $15 per hour, an action that would boost the pay of nearly 40 million Americans. Coloradans shouldn’t have to work multiple jobs to be on stable financial footing. A higher minimum wage could help rebuild a sense of financial security during and after this crisis. Strengthen Labor Unions: Unions are critical to an inclusive economy. Collective bargaining lowers income inequality, raises wages, and improves working conditions for all—both members and nonmembers alike. Benefits such as the 40-hour workweek, health insurance, and pensions are all the result of worker advocacy. Yet Washington Republicans have been promoting the insidious spread of right-to-work legislation for over a decade—a national effort that has significantly weakened labor unions in our country and put the profits of big corporations above the middle class. Unions are key advocates for worker health and safety—an essential priority during the pandemic. I believe workers should have the right to organize and collectively bargain if they choose to do so, and legislation such as the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act are important steps in this direction. Boost Fairness in our Economic System: For centuries, women and communities of color have faced gaps in wealth, gaps in pay, and gaps in opportunity, which this administration has done nothing to address. Today, these groups are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. I support legislation to boost pay equity between men and women of all races, which Senator Gardner has voted against four times. I will work to make childcare more affordable and pass paid family and sick leave legislation to strengthen the economic wellbeing of Colorado households. And I believe we must address workplace discrimination against the LGBTQ community by finally passing the Equality Act. As Senator, I will make it my mission to level the economic playing field by supporting legislation that brings opportunity closer for all Coloradans. Support Wealth-Building Efforts in Communities of Color: The economic impact of racism is staggering. In our country today, communities of color have systematically lower levels of homeownership, a significant wealth gap, decreased access to credit opportunities, and less money saved in the bank. Over their lifetimes, for example, Black Americans can expect to earn $1 million less than white Americans. Wealth-building efforts, specifically those aimed at the Black community, will be essential to address these historic injustices. Congress can help build more equal pathways to wealth by increasing access to a quality, affordable education for all Americans, supporting homeownership in communities of color, helping minority entrepreneurs obtain affordable capital, investing in skills training initiatives and professional pipelines for high-quality jobs, addressing workplace discrimination, and so much more. Economic justice and inclusion must be a top priority for the next Congress to help communities of color recover from COVID-19 and to make our economy fairer and more resilient overall.  Invest in Rural Economies: From the Eastern Plains to the Western Slope, Colorado’s rural communities are vital to the economy of our state. As Governor, I worked to expand broadband internet across the state, established Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, and made it easier to start a business through the Rural Jump-Start program. In contrast, President Trump and the Republican-led Senate have harmed rural Colorado by overseeing the largest rollback of protected public lands in U.S. history. And Cory Gardner refuses to support the CORE Act—a collaborative, locally-driven, decade-in-the-making effort to protect 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands and boost our outdoor recreation economy. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will prioritize passing the CORE Act, as well as other public lands legislation that preserves the outdoor lifestyles of Coloradans and generates jobs and economic activity throughout our state. And I will fight to expand access to reliable, high-speed broadband internet nationwide, so rural communities can meaningfully benefit from, and contribute to, the 21st century economy.    Advocate for Colorado Farmers and Ranchers: President Trump has been bad for Colorado agriculture. He picked a fight with China, leading to tariffs that have had catastrophic effects on farmers and ranchers in our state. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has disrupted agricultural supply chains, put farm and commercial food workers in harm’s way, and increased the volatility of meat and other food prices—all while wildfires and droughts raged with abandon. As Senator, I will fight for Colorado agriculture, as I have always done in my career. When I was governor, we collaborated with farmers and ranchers to boost agricultural exports in Colorado. In the Senate, I will make sure any trade deal ratified by the United States is to their benefit. I will work to ensure that agriculture remains a viable career path for Coloradans and that the federal government supports beginning farmers and ranchers. I will advocate for small farmers grappling with agricultural consolidation, as well as farms that adopt sustainable and regenerative practices. And I will ensure that Colorado farmers and ranchers have their voices heard during farm bill negotiations in 2022. Unlike President Trump and Senator Gardner, I will always advocate for our farming and ranching communities.  Address Housing Inequality: Affordable housing is a fundamental necessity. During a pandemic, it is a lifeline. Yet decades of segregationist and racist housing policies have left communities of color more housing insecure than their white peers. Expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and compliance with the 1968 Fair Housing Act are critical steps towards reducing this disparity. If elected to the Senate, I will also push for the inclusion of affordable housing in any major infrastructure package we consider, work to make sure all new federal housing units meet accessibility guidelines for individuals with disabilities, and hold lenders accountable for discrimination and predatory housing loans.  Make Higher Education More Affordable: Higher education can be a powerful tool for economic mobility. Yet our present model is failing to deliver on this promise. For many students, the cost of college is prohibitive and the return on investment increasingly unclear. Congress has failed to respond, leaving Americans crushed by student debt. Senator Gardner has voted at least four times against allowing borrowers to refinance student loans and at least 10 times to cut funding for Pell Grants. I believe we must act swiftly to reform student loans: lowering interest rates and expanding loan forgiveness for those working in public service or rural areas. Community colleges offer flexible, industry-aligned credentials, and should be accessible tuition-free for those who need it. And I support expanding Pell Grant eligibility to include short-term workforce training to help adult learners acquire skills that help preserve their competitive edge. INTEGRATED Align the skills of the workforce with the needs of Colorado employers Expand Apprenticeship Programs: Only thirty-nine percent of young people in the United States ever complete a bachelor’s degree or higher. Apprenticeships are powerful alternatives that help shift the conversation away from expensive degrees and towards the skills needed to do the job. While the Trump Administration proposed an apprenticeship program that undermines fair wages and labor standards, I helped establish CareerWise in Colorado, a job training program that provides students with valuable work experience, a paycheck in the tens of thousands, and free college credit—all while still in high school. In addition, we launched the Skillful State Network, a bipartisan community of 20 fellow governors focused on promoting skills acquisition in hiring, which continues to [DATE REMOVED]. By working in the Senate to support these types of programs nationwide, we can expand certified skills training programs to students across America, encourage employers to hire based on clearly-defined abilities, and provide workers with a pathway to well-paying, dignified work without a college degree. Doing so could close employment gaps in manufacturing, trades, rural health care, technology, and provide diverse cohorts of students the on-the-job training they need to succeed in the economy of the future. Preparing our Workforce for the Future: Twenty-five percent of all jobs are at a high risk of automation, portending a future of mass displacement—particularly for women and workers of color. Embracing the opportunities created by technological innovation will require rethinking how we support individuals most impacted by this transition. So far, Washington has done little to address their needs. As Senator, I intend to take decisive action. First, I will boost funding for training programs and incentivize companies to retrain workers in roles that build on their existing abilities. Second, I will expand access to certified apprenticeships, which offer on-the-job preparation for new, well-paying positions. Third, I will put power back in the hands of workers in the gig economy who do not enjoy employer-provided benefits by supporting the development of portable savings and retirement accounts, and reimagining the social safety net in the process.   INNOVATIVE Invest in the most dynamic and value-creating industries of the future Make it Easier to Start and Grow a Business: Business creation is central to American economic prosperity. Unfortunately, it has been declining nationwide for decades. I intend to draw upon my experience as an entrepreneur to pass legislation in the Senate to reverse this trend and strengthen our economy after the COVID-19. We must start by increasing access to affordable capital, particularly for women and minority CEOs, through expanded crowdfunding and innovation voucher programs. Congress should also leverage the ability of CDFIs and MDIs to deliver financing in communities of color and set aside specific funding for minority-owned lending institutions and minority-owned businesses. I know from experience how important mentorship is for fledgling entrepreneurs, and I support facilitating opportunities for startups to learn from more seasoned business owners. Colorado’s Rural Jump-Start program has demonstrated the power of startups to spur entrepreneurship in rural communities, and I am in favor of the expansion of similar programs nationwide. And to mitigate some of the risk inherent in building a business, Congress can help by boosting the portability of health and retirement benefits. Finally, I intend to work with the Small Business Administration to streamline regulations for small businesses, which could help them keep a competitive edge in the face of increasing consolidation of large corporations. This includes reforming occupational licensing, which can increase business creation among groups that traditionally face barriers to entry such as military families, immigrants, and individuals with a criminal record.   Promote Job Growth in the Clean Energy Economy: As a small business owner, I saw firsthand how creating jobs and protecting Colorado’s environment can go hand-in-hand. Our brewpub prioritized sustainability from the start, including by recycling cardboard, glass, and water before it was common to do so. And we prospered. Similarly, the clean economy offers an exciting opportunity to create millions of new jobs. Entrepreneurs can play a vital role in creating value rather than destroying it. That is why in my plan to address climate change, I propose establishing a Climate Corps Program, which will inspire more young people to pursue careers in renewable energy, carbon capture, regenerative agriculture, and green startups. I support investments in sustainable infrastructure, which will create jobs while greening our nation’s severely neglected transportation networks, as well as promoting clean vehicles on our roads. And for individuals working in sectors that will be negatively impacted by this transition—many of whom have the most marketable skills in our workforce—we need to ensure financial support, skills training, and community engagement are available to help ensure each and every person finds quality work in the new economy. While Cory Gardner unravels limits on pollution and fails to take meaningful action on climate change, I will focus on building a workforce built around conservation, regeneration, and renewable energy.  Support the Marijuana Industry: Colorado has led the movement for marijuana legalization since 2012. From a social justice perspective, this change was significant because African American men are disproportionately imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana crimes. From an economic perspective, the legalization of marijuana created new opportunities for thousands of startups in our state, boosted tourism, and produced over a billion dollars in new sales and tax revenue to help fund education, mental health, and local government services. I believe Congress should deschedule marijuana nationwide, creating new pathways for entrepreneurship and medical research across the country. As Senator, I am also committed to leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs of color in the cannabis industry. As a small business owner, I know how challenging it can be to access capital. All aspiring entrepreneurs should be able to take advantage of the economic opportunity this burgeoning industry presents, should they choose to do so. Invest in Technological Leadership: The United States has historically been the undisputed leader in technology and innovation. This primacy is now in question. While Congress dithers on key technological investments, other nations are racing ahead. As the founder of the National Cybersecurity Center, I know what it takes to prioritize innovation. I believe the United States can and will drive the development of artificial intelligence, 5G internet, quantum computing, blockchain, and other technologies, but only with a whole-of-government approach. A new national innovation strategy is necessary to boost research funding for agencies and require that every department outline a strategic plan for incorporating advanced technologies. 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Prevención de violencia con armas de fuego - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content VOTANDO EN COLORADO VOTANDO EN COLORADO Indicio Conoce a John English Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donar Donar Prevención de violencia con armas de fuego Estados Unidos se enfrenta a una epidemia de violencia con armas de fuego que es trágicamente demasiado familiar para nosotros en Colorado. Hemos perdido a muchos de nuestros amigos, vecinos e hijos a causa de las armas, lo que ha resultado en la pérdida [DATE REMOVED]9,000 vidas en todo el país en solo un año. Durante la última década, más [DATE REMOVED] millones de estadounidenses han recibido disparos y millones más están traumatizados por la violencia generada por las armas de fuego, que ha impactado desproporcionadamente a las comunidades de color. Cada día, 21 niños más son víctimas de la violencia con armas de fuego. La pérdida de vidas preciosas es incomprensible, devastadora y está profundamente grabada en nuestros corazones y recuerdos en lugares como Columbine, Arapahoe, Platte Canyon, STEM School de Highlands Ranch, Aurora y en escuelas y comunidades en todo nuestro estado y nación. Durante demasiado tiempo, el liderazgo de la Asociación Nacional del Rifle (NRA) ha luchado imprudentemente contra incluso las medidas más básicas de seguridad de armas, como las verificaciones de antecedentes universales, que el 90% de los estadounidenses y la mayoría de los miembros de la NRA apoyan. Cuando yo era gobernador de Colorado, afrontamos el liderazgo de la NRA y ganamos. No fue fácil, pero con el apoyo de funcionarios electos locales y estatales y una coalición diversa de residentes de Colorado, pudimos promulgar leyes que requieren la verificación de antecedentes para todas las ventas de armas, así como la prohibición de cargadores de gran capacidad. Nos convertimos en el primer estado púrpura en promulgar una legislación integral sobre seguridad de armas. Si pudiéramos vencer a la NRA en Colorado, podemos vencerlos a nivel nacional. El senador Gardner ha recibido casi 4 millones de dólares en apoyo de parte de la NRA y está obstaculizando que la verificación de antecedentes, entre otras reformas, reciba una audiencia en el Senado de los Estados Unidos. También votó en contra de cerrar las escapatorias que permiten que las armas caigan en manos peligrosas. Ya basta. Como su próximo senador, lucharé por políticas integrales y de sentido común para combatir la violencia con las armas de fuego. Una agenda nacional: políticas de seguridad de armas con sentido común Asegurar verificaciones de antecedentes para todas las ventas de armas. Las verificaciones de antecedentes salvan vidas. Desde la década de 1990, el sistema de verificación de antecedentes ha bloqueado la venta de más [DATE REMOVED] millones de armas a delincuentes, abusadores domésticos y otras personas peligrosas. Necesitamos ampliar las verificaciones de antecedentes para cubrir espectáculos de armas y minoristas en línea, así como cerrar el “Charleston Loophole” (La Escapatoria de Charleston) para garantizar que todas las verificaciones de antecedentes se completen correctamente. Establecer límites nacionales para cargadores. Los límites de los cargadores salvan vidas durante los tiroteos. El tirador que mató [DATE REMOVED] e hirió a 59 en un cine de Aurora en 2012 llevaba una pistola equipada con un cargador de 100 balas. El tirador en Tucson, Arizona, que mató [DATE REMOVED] personas e hirió [DATE REMOVED], incluida la ex congresista Gabby Giffords en 2011, llevaba una pistola equipada con un cargador [DATE REMOVED]3 balas. Ese tiroteo llegó a su fin cuando un espectador lo abordó mientras intentaba recargar su arma. Restaurar una prohibición de armas de asalto. Es hora de que el Congreso promulgue una prohibición efectiva de armas de asalto que se base en la legislación anterior que expiró en 2004. Financiar la intervención comunitaria contra la violencia. Las comunidades de color en Colorado y en nuestra nación tienen que lidiar a diario con la violencia con armas de fuego y enfrentan un riesgo considerablemente mayor de ser víctimas de homicidio con arma de fuego. Se ha demostrado que la financiación de programas de intervención contra violencia basados ​​en evidencia es eficaz para reducir los tiroteos en ciudades de todo el país. Fortalecer la aplicación de la ley contra el tráfico de armas. Debemos detener el tráfico de armas fortaleciendo el enjuiciamiento del pequeño número de traficantes de armas de “mal actor” que venden armas ilegalmente sin una verificación de antecedentes. La policía también necesita las herramientas para tratar las “compras fraudulentas” (donde los delincuentes que no pueden pasar una verificación de antecedentes hacen que alguien compre armas en su nombre) como delitos graves. Detener la proliferación de “pistolas fantasmas”. Las pistolas fantasmas son armas de fuego que se pueden ensamblar en casa con piezas que se han pedido en línea o producidas por una impresora 3D. Están disponibles sin una verificación de antecedentes, no pueden ser rastreados por la policía y son un problema emergente en Colorado y en todo el país. Debemos aprobar una ley federal que garantice que nadie pueda construir un arma de fuego sin primero pasar por una verificación de antecedentes. Responsabilizar a los fabricantes de armas imprudentes. Tenemos que derogar la ley [DATE REMOVED] que protege de manera única a los fabricantes de armas irresponsables para que puedan ser reportados y los coloque en la misma categoría que cualquier otro negocio. Implementar leyes de Orden de Protección contra Riesgo Extremo. Para evitar futuros actos de violencia, las leyes de Orden de Protección contra Riesgo Extremo permiten que las familias y las fuerzas del orden eliminen temporalmente el acceso de un individuo a las armas de fuego cuando se considere que constituye un peligro para sí mismo o para otros. Estas políticas son efectivas tanto para prevenir tiroteos masivos como para reducir el suicidio. Crear un futuro más seguro para nuestros niños y comunidades. Sé bien que el liderazgo del NRA se ha embarcado en un esfuerzo implacable para engañar, caracterizar y despistar. Sabemos en Colorado que podemos proteger nuestros derechos de la Segunda Enmienda y proteger a nuestros niños y comunidades con políticas razonables de seguridad de armas. 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