DENVER (KDVR) – Colorado lawmakers returned to the state Capitol on Wednesday. After having a delayed start last year, many are hoping for a more normal year this time around.
Things inside the chambers were generally peaceful, but Democrats and Republicans are already painting two completely different pictures of how they want to tackle problems this year.
Without plexiglass partitions this year, almost all Democrats chose to wear a mask, and all Republicans chose to go without.
While COVID still dominates life outside the dome, lawmakers inside are looking forward to other issues.
“Life in Colorado has become more and more expensive. That’s why my first priority this session is to reduce the cost of living in Colorado and make life more affordable for families in our state, ”said House of Representatives Alec Garnett.
Republicans said they agree with that, but they are convinced the Democrats have done it this way.
“To our colleagues across the aisle, it is inattentive of you to pass legislation to increase costs a year and then just a few months later, to propose implementation of your expensive policies,” said Senate Republican Minority Leader Chris Holbert.
Republicans mainly referred to the state transportation law, which was passed last year and which brings fees to gas and delivery prices. While the governor wants to delay the increase, Republicans want to repeal and replace it. They also pointed to the Democrats for high crime in the state.
“Leading the nation in car thefts and having the highest increase in property crime in the country is nothing to be proud of. We should never have reached this point in the first place, but Democrats have undermined law enforcement and allowed soft crime policies to continue,” said Housewife Hugh McKean.
Instead of looking back, Democrats said they want to focus on preventing people from getting involved in crime in the first place.
“This means pursuing community-based solutions to homelessness, substance abuse disorders, working with local governments to prevent pandemic-induced crime, and investing resources to break up crime lanes,” Garnett said.
Republicans acknowledged they need Democrats to help them get their 44 measures passed this year, but they said they have no Democrats on board with them so far. And they have not spoken to the governor about them, prompting Democrats to wonder if they take it seriously to work across the aisle to achieve goals.
“In terms of bipartisanship, we do not find a way? We have a lot, we agree. We, the Democrats, have worked very, very hard to create Republican support where we can, but we have some fundamental differences. It all depends on whether you stand with hard-working people or whether you stand with the big companies, and I have not yet seen them really make a shift to stand with hard-working people, says Democratic Representative Chris Kennedy.
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