Ten Ways Angela honored her promise to PROTECT, PROMOTE, and PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES for Pueblo!
Senator Giron continues to work hard for Pueblo. In her own words, here are some highlights:
JOBS: In 2013, as a new member of the Capital Development Committee, I worked to secure $75 million in the state budget for facilities and deferred maintenance - $40 million came to southern Colorado, including $16 million that will build a new academic building at CSU-Pueblo.
EDUCATION: I worked with the Education Committee to ensure Pueblo will receive our fair share of funding in SB13-213. If the ballot initiative passes, Pueblo City Schools will receive a per-pupil increase of $1100 and District 70 (Pueblo County schools) will increase by $800 per pupil.
WORKPLACE FAIRNESS and JOBS: I sponsored SB13-210 which establishes rules regarding hours worked to ensure officers are paid for overtime work. This bill was amended to include HB13-1261, the re-purposing of Ft. Lyon into a supportive facility for the homeless, with priority provided to veterans. Given the large numbers of correctional officers who live in Pueblo County, SB13-210 was important to our local economy. Supporting southern Colorado is always a priority because Pueblo serves as a hub for retail and health care needs.
COMMUNITY SAFETY and REHABILITATION: I sponsored SB13-216 so that offenders, 18 and 19 years old, can be sent to the Youth Offender System rather than adult facilities, where they have access to youth-specific services and rehabilitation. The YOS facility is here in Pueblo.
JOBS: I sponsored SB11-235, which enables Evraz, Pueblo's steel mill to bypass a backlog in the state's permitting process by utilizing a third party permitter. Evraz was facing a total shutdown and this bill (which involved extensive negotiations with the Gov's office, environmentalists, CDPHE, and Evraz) allowed the mill to continue production, uninterrupted.
HIGHER ED: I sponsored SB11-204 - a bill that allowed CSU-Pueblo to offer a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) as an entry level degree for nurse practitioner practice instead of the current Master’s level, thus enabling the school to remain competitive with the other 120 established university programs in the country.
$$$$$$$: I sponsored the Tourism Act (HB11-1311) which allows the Governor's Office of Economic Development & International Trade to approve up to (2) applications from local governments for large-scale, tourism related projects in order to generate significant short and long term job creation and economic growth. Pueblo was selected to receive the first RTA grant with a potential value of $43 million in state sales tax to remain in Pueblo for tourism development on the historic Arkansas Riverwalk.
HEALTH CARE: The Health Care Access Bill (HB12-1017) that I carried, allowed Pueblo Heath Access to continue to provide health care coverage for residents of Pueblo County. A proactive group of leaders in Pueblo took the initiative to create a local non-profit organization that will offer comprehensive, high-quality coverage to the working uninsured. It's a unique collaboration between local business, employees, and both of our hospitals.
EDUCATION: Funding for Drop Out Prevention Programs (HB12-1146), allows 16-21 year olds who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out, to complete their high school graduation requirements on a community college campus while enrolled concurrently. It directly benefits Pueblo because it allows Pueblo Community College to continue offering the Gateway to College Program. It also sets the stage for other innovative dropout prevention partnerships between community colleges and school districts.
MENTAL HEALTH: SB 13-207 Acupuncture – This was a great bill because it was suggested by Pueblo constituent, Dr. Libby Stuyt, who works at the CMHIP (CO Mental Health Institute at Pueblo). It allows mental health care professionals who have been properly trained to perform auricular acudetox (five-point ear acupuncture protocol). This process has been successfully used to treat depression, PTSD, anxiety, and disorders to supplement talk therapy and/or medication. Libby is now training folks at the State Hospital and it is being used to treat patients.
A look at the community and challenges of Pueblo, CO, and the Democratic Senator who is fighting for her home town.
COMMUNITY MEETINGS for 2013:
Monthly Community Coffee – 1st Wednesday of the month (June-October); 10am – 304 S. Union Ave. (CPC/COWINS office)
- June 5, 2013
- July 3, 2013
- Aug 7, 2013
- Sept 4, 2013
- Oct 2, 2013