Edie Hooton – Issues and Policy Positions

I’m proud to fight for Boulder values in the Statehouse. Here’s where I stand on the issues.

Fighting Climate Change

I fully embrace calls for 100% renewable energy by 2040 or sooner!  It is what is needed to respond to the climate crisis facing our planet and will greatly benefit our state and country as we drive innovation and create jobs, tax benefits, and economic multiplier effects.  Specifically, I support reducing individual taxes in Colorado and imposing a polluter fee on carbon emissions at the source to make up the revenue.  This approach would be revenue-neutral and reflect the true costs to our health and environment of burning fossil fuels.

Weather-related events in Colorado – droughts, forest fires, floods, widespread tree diseases, and unusual weather patterns – are only going to get worse unless we act. As state representative, I am working hard to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and grow our renewable energy sector so that state government is doing its part to address our climate crisis.

Economic Opportunity for All

I believe that all people, regardless of background or life circumstances, deserve a chance at a good education and a decent life with economic security – when so many Coloradans are only one hospital bill, one student debt payment, or one paycheck away from economic disaster.

As state representative, I fight for increased investments in our K-12, higher education and transportation systems. I look for ways to pass common sense ways that will help create good-paying jobs so that we can rebuild the middle class.

Fighting for Pay Equity

Statistics show that Colorado women face a massive pay gap that is hurting families’ economic security and holding back economic growth.  The problem is even more severe for women of color.  If we close the pay gap, the poverty rate for working women will be cut in half and the Colorado economy would grow by over $9 billion!  I support the Equal Pay in State Contracts Act.  The bill requires businesses to pay all employees at the same rate regardless of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or national origin for substantially similar work.

High Quality and Affordable Education

I am fighting to reverse Colorado’s education funding gap.  Sadly, our investment in K-12 and higher education is currently at the bottom in the U.S. because of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).    We must find creative ways to ensure that education is accessible and affordable for all, including Dreamers.   In addition, I support universal full-day pre-K to ensure all of our children are getting the kind of early education support that will help them succeed in the future.

Protecting Citizens from Fracking

Oil and gas extraction plays an important role in our state’s economy, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of the health and safety of families.  I fully support Proposition 112, “Minimum Distance Requirements for New Oil, Gas, and Fracking Projects Initiative” which establishes a 2,500 feet from occupied buildings and other areas designated as vulnerable.   I also support additional measures which recognizes that oil and gas development, like every other industry, should be subject to local jurisdiction. With state rules as a floor, the measure would give each local government a very wide range of options to protect their communities and neighborhoods from the harms generally associated with oil and gas development including hydraulic fracturing.  I also support expanding the state’s inspection regime.  Today there are only 21 State inspectors for 50,000 wells!

Protecting Women’s Health Care and Reproductive Rights

As the daughter of a doctor who provided reproductive health services to women, I strongly believe that everyone deserves to have unequivocal control over their reproduction. I will stand up to Republican extremists who are trying to impose “personhood” on Colorado women, and help restore the teen pregnancy prevention programs they have cut.  The strength of my conviction is why I am endorsed by the BlueFlower Fund – which raises money for pro-choice female candidates.

Affordable Housing

We live in a highly desirable city, in state that is one of the fastest growing in the country. Sensible housing policy is vital to serving all the people of our state, including first-time homebuyers, renters, and low-income families. Two fundamentally opposing housing markets – the investment market and the living market – compete for the same land and buildings. We must make it possible for low and middle-income earners to own or rent, without fear that the investment market will price them out. To this end, affordable housing and inclusionary housing policy plays an important role in opening doors that the market otherwise shuts.

Saving Lives With Gun Safety Policies

I support Colorado’s ban on large capacity magazines, and I support assault weapon restrictions too. I support universal background checks on all gun sales, including eliminating the loophole for gun shows, online sales, and private sales.

Justice for the LGBTQ community

We have a diverse and vibrant community in Colorado, and although the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, the fight for justice never ends. We need to continue to work toward equality in the workplace, in health and human services, and in our schools. I will fight discrimination wherever it exists.

Ending the Death Penalty and Solitary Confinement

I unequivocally oppose the death penalty.  As a system, it has failed society by being imposed arbitrarily – disproportionately affecting the poor and people of color. The cost to the taxpayers is exorbitant for a system that is proven to have no deterrent effect. With so many individuals around the country being exonerated because of new evidence or procedural abuse at trial, there is no certainty that innocent people aren’t facing execution.

I also oppose solitary confinement because of its proven detrimental effect on the mental health of the individual and the cumulative negative effect on our community. We are the only advanced nation in the world that continues to use solitary confinement as a behavior modification tool, and the evidence shows it to be a failure.

Other Issues

If you have questions about where I stand on other issues, I want to hear from you. My email is edie.hooton.house@state.co.us