SCHOOL FUNDING - AT THE TOP OF ALMOST EVERYONE'S LIST
Did you know that Colorado ranks #49 in Federal spending per pupil? This amounts to our state leaders leaving $200 to $300 million on the table each year - money that we are eligible to receive, but are not receiving. We are not receiving this money because unlike other states that have a dedicated department to claiming Federal money for education, we do not. As Treasurer I will lead an effort for Colorado to receive the maximum amount of Federal money we are due for education.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION (PERA)
PERA - Colorado's Public Employee Retirement Association is a pension program for state employees including teachers, judges, state troopers and state agencies. It has approximately 550,000 members and $47 billion in assets. The State Treasurer sits on the PERA Board.
A public bank is not a new idea. Ben Franklin worked to create the first public bank in North America in 1729. North Dakota has had one for 95 years. Recently the Michigan legislature voted to create a public bank.
HEALTH CARE FOR ALL
I know what it’s like to go without health insurance. It is no small thing. Our current Treasurer, Walker Stapleton, campaigned against ColoradoCare, a single-payer initiative on the ballot in 2016. This in part led to its defeat. While the Governor and State Legislature drive health care policy in Colorado, I want to make sure that we expand access to health care as quickly as possible and in a fiscally responsible way.
I believe that global climate change is real and is an urgent issue. I plan to move the state's money out of Wells Fargo in part because they fund oil and gas development in undesirable areas such as the Dakota Access Pipeline.
I do not accept any donations from PAC money or special interest groups. All of our campaign is financed by individual donors. I believe that the treasurer position particularly must be FREE from political groups or corporations who have a vested interest in how our states finances are being invested and spent. This includes groups such as Wells Fargo, Healthcare PACS, and Oil and Gas companies, as well as accepting political 'endorsements' from persons and groups who have been associated with these organizations.