Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of state Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, ahead of the 2020 legislative session, which began Jan. 8. Neville, the House minority leader, …
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Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of state Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, ahead of the 2020 legislative session, which began Jan. 8. Neville, the House minority leader, represents District 45, encompassing Castle Rock, Castle Pines and portions of Parker.
What can be learned from the 2019 session?
The 2019 session showed us that the Democrats were serious about fulfilling their promises. They promised unconstitutional gun grabs, government expansion, and more wasteful spending. They did all that. We will have to fight tooth and nail to stop that from happening once again in 2020.
What bill or bills are you most looking forward to working on in the 2020 session?
I think the question should be, “What bill are you most looking forward to defeating?” As to the original question, ask me again after session.
In light of Proposition CC’s failure in November, what steps should be taken for transportation and education funding?
The voters sent a message with the defeat of Proposition CC. They said no to tax hikes. They said yes to protecting the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. The House has a responsibility to adequately fund transportation and education without taking advantage of the taxpayers. Democrats want to waste funds on pet projects, but we need to focus our efforts on fixing our broken systems.
What do you envision as the most daunting challenge this session?
This session we have to focus on real solutions to Colorado’s problems. That is increasingly difficult to do as Democrats are moving more and more to the left. Socialism is not a reasonable solution to our issues.
Describe a successful 2020 session.
For 2020 to be successful, we need to craft a responsible budget that addresses Colorado’s problems without leaning on tax increases or money grabs. We have the opportunity to improve education and transportation without compromising the integrity of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, but we will not be able to do that unless Democrats are willing to work with us and listen to reason. This session, we must address Colorado’s needs without trying to raise taxes or take more money from the people. The Democrat game plan looks like more of the same, more government. It will be interesting to see the divide on the other side of the aisle between the hard-core socialists and the moderate socialists. Hopefully, we can make some progress on Colorado’s issues without expanding government.
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