Jared Schutz Polis is an American politician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Polis is a Democratic Party member of the United States House of Representatives for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009.
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Update 1:00 pm MT Tuesday: THANK YOU REDDIT for 14.4k upvotes so far and for the great discussion! I have to return to work now, I'll be back sometime for sure!
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My short bio:
Internet entrepreneur (bluemountain.com, proflowers.com, Techstars, others) member of Congress representing Northern CO (tech work includes Email Privacy Act, fighting NSA/DOJ surveillance, bitcoin/blockchain), founded two public schools and was Chairman of State Board of Education, gaymer and dad, candidate for Governor of Colorado
My Proof: https://imgur.com/uU8F9j8
If congresspeople hate making fundraising calls all day, why don't you pass campaign finance reform?
I'm for it. Ask some member of Congress who isn't for it!
Here's the bill I support:
also I'm not accepting any PAC special interest money in my campaign!
What are the downsides you see to our state having legalized marijuana? Overall, is it a net positive or negative?
Overall a POSITIVE. I supported Amendment 64 and I think that it not only generates tax revenues, creates jobs but also helps drive the criminal cartels out of business!
I don't see a lot of downsides to it being legal, I think it's important that we do more work to reduce driving under the influence of any drug or alcohol, and that we try to prevent kids from using marijuana
Colorado should be proud of the progress it's made on child and teen marijuana use since legalization. See this plot from Washington Post:
We're driving neighborhood drug dealers out of business!
Here’s a low-key question. I remember a while back learning that you played League and mained....Maokai? if I’m not mistaken. Do you still play, and if so, who do you main? What do you think of all the changes the game has underwent the last couple of years?
THE RlVER KlNG is my username btw on NA. The I’s are actually lowercase l’s.
I used to play a lot more. I was an early player and played several nights/week until a year or two ago. Yes it has changed SO much I would need to practice to be good again. I played a few weeks ago and so much had changed that I wasn't very good. It's still a great game, just different.
Been playing Heroes of Might and Magic VII lately, but honestly very little time for gaming because I have THREE jobs the next 11 months (member of Congress, candidate for Governor, dad) so I look forward to either being Governor or unemployed then I can game more.
btw good job remembering who I main :)
Do you support a Carbon tax? Why or why not?
yeah i think that if we had a carbon fee we could reduce income taxes and taxes on small businesses to help them grow and make it cost more to pollute
Would you sponsor a bill for towns to be able to control their own fiber internet?
Yes this is part of my rural broadband plan for Colorado (which would work in other states):
Hey Jared! What's a "gaymer"?
haha, someone who is gay and a gamer
and wait for it there is a subreddit for it! ;)
Hi Jared! I'm a resident of Fort Collins, and I have 2 questions for you:
I am trying really hard to differentiate between the various Democratic candidates for governor. You all seem very progressive, so I would like to know: what sets you apart from the others?
And question two is: are you supporting anyone for Senate in 2020 to take over Gardner's seat? If not, have you considered Trish Zornio?
1) I would say my out of the box approach and creativity, you won't find others (that I know of) talking about blockchain and what states can do for net neutrality in addition to usual progressive stuff. I'm also proud of my work in education not only in policy but founding and running public schools.
2) Wow I'm thinking about 2018! I don't know Trish feel free to make an intro. I doubt I will think about who to support in 2020 much until after 2018 election!
Would you support a bill that would offer Colorado graduates student loan forgiveness in exchange for an increased income tax rate of 3 or 4% of their income (so they'd still pay into the education system over time, but not have the debt burden)?
These exist. They are called "Income Share Agreements" usually.
I introduced a bi-partisan bill to provide some more legal certainty around them and reduce costs as an alternative way to finance college:
How should we address Senator Gardners donations from telecom and his commitment to destabilizing net neutrality? He doesn't hold town halls so how does a average citizen go about getting listened to?
keep trying, as a Representative I prefer getting emails, but postcards and calls also work. I get a summary each week of every call to my offices. If you don't like the way someone is representing you then you can replace them in the next election. I work for you! and so does Senator Gardner!
Haha yeah I bet! Good luck in the race. If I were a Colorado citizen I’d vote for you (btw I’m the guy on Twitter). I’ve heard good things about HoMaM.
The Isles will bloom again!
t/y guy on twitter! ;)
Hah you learn something every day! Cheers.
yeah there is a subreddit for that too!
Jared, Coloradan transplant here for 8 years holding a 10 week old native Coloradan.
What is your opinion of the latest Denver Post op-eds and other general talk around town on how Denver and Colorado is becoming “East California”? I get a ton of native Coloradan vitriol on how Denver and Colorado has changed.
How can we remain competitive in the marketplace and continue to be a “get here” state?
Colorado has one of the best economies in the country, but when I travel across the state I hear from folks talking about how it’s getting harder and harder to buy a home, pay for college, or save for retirement. I’m running for governor because I want to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. I know if we work together we can think big and fix this! See my white paper on how we can get this done: http://v.fastcdn.co/u/70bc6dd0/21710611-0-JP-EconomyV3.pdf
Hi, I live in Fort Collins and was wondering if our new municipal Internet will protect us from some of the big ISPs' agenda. If so, the front range could become the new Silicon Valley. What do you think?
YES! Municipal Internet will probably become more popular in progressive minded cities and towns because of the repeal of net neutrality. If there is any silver lining that is it. Ironic!
And yes all of Colorado can really be a hub for startups (it is already becoming one!)
Do you think being a gay married dad impacts your campaign?
Do you feel any pressure to avoid appearing with your family for fear of alienating some conservative voters?
1) I think having kids and dealing with parenting issues connects me to many families in Colorado. I've been there changing diapers. Our 3 year old is out of diapers but still wets the bed at night sometimes and has a sleep diaper. That kind of thing.
2) Well Marlon is shy and I don't want the kids to grow up more in public than absolutely necessary, so those are the main reasons that we don't appear in public more together. If Marlon was more outgoing and enjoyed it I would certainly encourage him to attend more events but I respect his desire not to.
Hey Jared! Great to hear you are running for governor, is there anything I can do in particular to help your campaign?
Yes! You can sign up to volunteer at:
or make a small contribution of $5 or $10! Thank you!
And spread the word!
What are your views on zoning deregulation in crowded cities? Do you think that less restrictive zoning laws could decrease housing prices in many cases?
well of course they would, simple economics (more supply of housing)
but local residents often oppose them because of protecting their neighborhoods quality of life or property values. In Colorado, this plays out at the local level in fights for city council and county commissioner races.
Thanks for your answers! On number 2--Zornio is the one potential candidate I've found who is testing the waters to take on Gardner's seat, and she is also a major progressive. Her campaign issue stances seem very congenial to your own.
I've decided that it's important to get started on this political process early, so I've already reached out to Trish to let her know that she has my support and volunteer-time. Hopefully she takes the message and declares her intent to run--and, if she does so, perhaps we can all work together to help her campaign. I'm so excited to help push Colorado into a more progressive future. Thanks for hosting this AMA :)
yeah especially if you are just starting out in politics you definitely need time to build a winning campaign.
The funny thing is that so many people tell me they wish campaign seasons were shorter, but to win you need to start SO early to build support and name id
How would you address this?
We should consider a permanent funding source for affordable housing programs across the state. We also need more protections for folks who are vulnerable to displacement and housing supply and demand. And we need better zoning laws to expand mixed-income/mixed-use housing, as well as more multi-family homes that are affordable to middle-class families.
is the increase of homeless in downtown denver due to the construction boom, or pot?
seattle has seen the exactly same issues--even my hometown now has a huge amount of homeless.
There are lots of causes, I think the biggest is a very simple one: It is a lot more expensive to live in Denver than it was 10 years ago or 5 years ago. Rent is much higher, and there are more people who simply can't afford a place to live even if they have jobs and are therefore homeless.
Increased political tribalism has me very concerned. What GOP proposal or platform element are you most supportive of? What do you think Democrats have lost their way on?
(Yes, I'm well aware that the GOP as currently constituted is bonkers. But, obviously Democrats don't have a monopoly on the truth.)
Thank you for disputing the false equivalency with the second part of your comment. Yes Democrats can be wrong but are not generally speaking completely bonkers.
In general I support more individual freedom and a smaller, more efficient government that gets the job done. Some people say that Republicans used to support these things. That was before they went bonkers.
Many of my bills in Congress are bi-partisan.
One issue lately I've been working with many Republicans on is Kurdish Independence. It's not inherently a partisan issue but lately I've been getting a better reception on the R side. Here's a piece I wrote a couple years ago on the topic:
Thanks for doing this, and thanks for your work on cannabis law reform over the years. My question: What are some of the things Colorado’s next governor can do to defend the state’s marijuana laws from potential federal attacks?
I will push back on any federal effort to interfere with our laws and not share information if it's not related to a criminal investigation under our own law or ordered by a court. The federal government has very limited law enforcement resources in the states, most of law enforcement is in the hands of cities, counties, and the state and so as long as we dont' cooperate it would be hard, almost impossible, for there to be a major federal-only enforcement action.
Hi Jared! Denver resident here. I'd first like to thank you for doing this AMA, I feel like I've gotten to know you and your views much better, which I'm sure was the point. Second, while you've touched on it briefly, I'd like to know more about how you feel about campaign finance reform, specifically Citizens United vs FEC and Corporate Personhood. From my perspective it seems like Senator Gardner does not in fact work for me, but for what or whoever makes a large enough donation to him.
I sponsor a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. And while corporations are considered people for economic purposes, they should not be considered people as political constructs. WE THE PEOPLE. And people means you breath and you live and you die. Corporations are a very important economic innovation but they should not be a political innovation that renders actual humans obsolete.
Governors have to make quickly make decisions on a very wide range of policy issues, often outside their area of expertise.
What is your process for making decisions and educating yourself on policy issues? How do you ensure that you don't become intransigent on an issue if new data becomes available, or if you came to the wrong conclusion?
Edit: Have you recently changed your mind on any of your closely held beliefs? If so, which one? If not, are you certain you are testing them often enough?
That's really important. Effective public officials should be driven by data and science. I am familiar with avoiding the sunk-cost fallacy from my success in the private sector, and we should apply the same lesson to government. Summary (not wedded to this, just best summary I could find on google in 2 mins):
One should look to the data and the best science with objectivity and without a pre-determined outcome in mind. While I know a lot about a few areas (education, business) I realize I have to be a generalist and make decisions on areas like fire prevention, transportation, etc on which I need to rely on expert opinion and I would try to find the best experts to talk to and if appropriate employ.
I’m a constituent of yours, and while we disagree politically, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your candidness here and on your Facebook page. It’s refreshing to see someone who will explain their positions and not hide behind trite phrases. I respect that so much.
My question is simple- do you support widening I-25 between Wellington and Johnstown? It’s one of the only tax increases I’d actually support, and we just need it so badly- the problem’s going to get worse before it gets better, too.
yes I've personally been stuck there many times. 25-N my the top transportation priority in the area I represent. I don't think public private partnership toll lane will be enough.
I also would like to get traffic off 25 if we establish the feasibility for front range commuter rail (FTC to Denver and then further south), I think as long as commute times were the same or better, and the cost was the same or better (compared to gas and car depreciation), then that could be a good longer term solution as our population increases in Northern CO.
Hi Jared, Why did you vote for the highly partisan measure to open debate on impeachment for President Trump prior to the conclusion of Mueller's investigation, contrary to the desire of many of your constituents?
Well I certainly didn't poll my constituents on that topic so I don't know if they support or oppose the move, although they voted overwhelmingly against Trump in the election.
At the end of the day as a Representative, you have to be comfortable with your conscience and while I have not reached a conclusion on whether to impeach, I absolutely believe that there is credible evidence of an impeachable offense and that we need to move the process forward to get to the truth.
FYI here was my statement on the vote to proceed and not table:
My full statement on that vote: With great reflection and sadness, today I voted to open debate on an Impeachment Resolution against President Trump.
From day one, our president has shown contempt for the truth and for basic transparency at every turn. New evidence comes to light almost every week casting serious doubt upon his truthfulness, his integrity, and his ability to lead — from undermining a federal investigation into his campaign, to allegedly sharing classified intelligence with Russian government officials, to potential collusion and obstruction of justice.
Congress cannot continue to pretend that the president's behavior isn't putting our republic at risk. This is a debate that must happen NOW for the good of our country.
Colorado families deserve to have confidence in our elected leaders and this is one step toward ensuring our government remains accountable to the people. I’ve never hesitated to fight for our values as a representative, and I won’t hesitate to fight for them as your governor.
Hey Jared! Thanks for being such a great representative. I’m a college student at CSU and am wondering what best I can do to help preserve net neutrality?
The FCC is set to decide (the wrong way) this week not sure if any of us can stop them now.
Now I hope that:
1) Congress can pass a statutory form of net neutrality
2) The States can lead the way in protecting consumers (If I am elected governor, CO as one of them in the forefront!)
Right?! If campaign seasons were any shorter, that would practically guarantee that grassroots political movements would never be able to take off. It just takes time to reach out to individuals.
And I have a followup question/concern: I've only been learning about you for a few weeks as I research candidates, but one concern that pops up is your wealth. I and many others have problems with politicians who are run by special interest groups--but that doesn't seem to be your case. You made your wealth through selling businesses or something like that, right? That's cool--but has your wealth proved an issue in previous (and current) political campaigns? Has anyone tried to frame you as an oligarch (sorry) or anything like that? I hope this question doesn't seem offensive--I just want to have your character accurate in my head, in case I decide to lend you my more vocal support in 2018.
I don't think anyone frames me as an "oligarch" because that would probably mean I still have active businesses I run, and I don't run any businesses now and most of my assets are in a blind trust.
I think the positive you hit on is right, I can take on the special interests because I don't rely on them. I think the main negative is the assumption that all rich people are a**holds or that all rich people are totally out of touch.
As one of your constituents I do not oppose you taking any measures that you deem appropriate if, in your judgement it seems likely that the President committed a crime.
Thanks. I think that both fans and opponents of Trump should avoid a rush to judgement, but yes there is credible evidence of a crime and we should move forward with the process of getting to the bottom of the issues around collaboration, emoluments clause, or other violations to see if in fact an impeachable offense was committed
Do you now support Medicare for All?
yes, I have for almost ten years
Hello Mr. Polis, thank you for doing this AMA! I'm not a Colorado resident, so forgive me if I'm distracting from your intended topic, but given your support of net neutrality, I'm wondering what actions you think people can take to help beyond calling their representatives? I'm a Maryland resident, and both of my senators, as well as my district representative, all support net neutrality, so calling them feels like preaching to the choir. What else can I do?
maybe write a letter to the editor in your local paper, or choose to support other candidates (with money or time as a volunteer) in nearby areas who are in favor or net neutrality running against candidates who oppose net neutrality.
>I can take on the special interests because I don't rely on them.
That's excellent. Yeah, I hate to sound like I'm painting anyone in that light, but I know that progressives, especially young ones, are suspicious of people of vast wealth, and sometimes unreasonably so. I like the idea that you're not only philanthropic, but also you have an increased immunity to corporate interests. That's something special.
I'll leave room now for others to ask more questions. Thank you again, and I'll make sure to use your answers in (probably) supporting you in your campaign for governor.
Good luck! If you ever make it to For Collins in the next few years, I hope you can check out our efforts to get more progressive measures on the 2019 ballot. We're aiming to do something special here :)
well people should be suspicious of wealth, especially wealthy interests co-opting the political system for their advantage. I'm in FoCo quite a bit so if you see me around say hi! good luck on the ballot!
Hi Jared! I'm a resident of Boulder and I just have two quick questions:
Recent research (http://www.nber.org/papers/w24107) appears to show that occupational licensing is creating significant barriers to migration around the US.
Other obstacles to migration include restrictions to building housing, a high level overview is available in the recent NYT piece What Happened to the American Boomtown (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/upshot/what-happened-to-the-american-boomtown.html).
Economists estimate that far more GDP/productivity is lost to lack of migration in the US than, for example, the benefits of tax reform. Would you consider either supporting the ALLOW act to reduce occupational licensing while in congress, or support by-right development in Colorado to help ameliorate this problem?
Occupational licensing requirements can be a problem. Would love to increase freedom for people to support themselves (while not compromising public safety). Unnecessary licensing can also be a barrier to upwards mobility. But I see the rest of the question is about mobility. I will look at the ALLOW Act (harder to understand the federal role because this is mostly a state issue) but certainly something I would work with the legislature on as Governor.
Hi from Aurora,
I am a vehemently pro gun liberal, and when researching your positions on guns I found that when asked about an assault weapons ban you responded:
>I support the 1986 law which provides extremely strong restrictions on automatic weapons such as machine guns. It is time we update this law for the 21st century. I know that we can save lives, protect our freedom, and support our sportsmen and hunters.
I find it interesting that you chose to reference the Hughes amendment of the Firearms Owners Protection Act instead of the assault weapons ban of 1994. This leads me to wonder
What changes to FOPA would you reccomed?
Do you support an assault weapons ban?
This has become a divisive issue in our country and our party. I support our 2nd Amendment rights and would work closely with sportsmen and those who own guns for hobby or defense in crafting any gun safety regulations.
The reason I mentioned the 1986 law is specifically a reference to my support for banning bump stocks and devices whose sole purpose is to covert a legal gun into an illegal (under the 1986 Act) automatic weapon. I think that's a reasonably thing to do at the federal level and I would support it as Governor too. Are you ok with banning (specifically defined) bump stocks?
Thanks! On a related note, are you hopeful that the appropriations rider protecting state medical cannabis laws will be continued for FY18? Certainly it has a lot of support among lawmakers from both parties, but House leaders have blocked votes on it recently. How do we get around that?
YES I plan to offer it as an amendment if it's not included and will do everything I can to get it included.
This restriction on funding being used to contravene state medical marijuana laws has passed Congress before and would probably pass by even more now if we can GET IT TO A VOTE!
Hi, Rep. Polis. Since you're running for governor, what could you do as gov to protect net neutrality in CO's borders?
I know there is a group working on net neutrality on a statewide basis in Colorado (and perhaps other states). They are looking at various legal options and have some great political minds at the table. I've seen some initial polling numbers on a state initiative that look very good.
A Governor can also work to expand the number of municipal ISPs and remove hurdles for cities or counties acting on their own to provide access. We could also look at implementing consumer protections at the state level to protect a free and open internet within Colorado.
Hello, thank you for doing this AMA. As governor of Colorado how will you push back against protectionist/isolationist rhetoric that is popping up in the United States?
In addition, do you feel that free trade will benefit Colorado?
This neo-isolationism saddens me greatly. Protectionism is bad for all parties. I believe in bringing the world closer together. I've supported expanding trade opportunities in Congress and I believe that bringing the world together is the best way to prevent deadly conflicts.
This is (yet another area) where President Trump's worldview is fundamentally flawed. We are not fighting over a static pie with China, Mexico, Canada, etc. Trump thinks if we get more, they get less and vice verse. Trade between willing, informed parties benefits both sides. We can GROW the pie together.
Yes as Governor I can have an impact. A Governor can lead trade missions to other countries to build economic and cultural ties between our state and other nations, and I look forward to that part of the job!
Yes Colorado is a trade dependent state and for our agriculture industry, mining, manufacturing, and much more we can benefit from global supply chains and more access to new markets.
As Governor, would you have any ability to make sure public lands stay public and mining/logging/drilling free in the event the federal government decided to shrink Arapaho National Forest or any of our incredible National Parks?
I will always fight to protect our public lands. I’m working with Democrats and Republicans to preserve our natural areas for future generations. As governor, I will continue to fight to protect and expand our state parks and open areas. https://www.outsideonline.com/2266181/public-land-isnt-just-fighting
Will you make gun laws more draconian and infringe second amendment rights if you become governor? I want to like you, I support many of your policies, I got a letter from you for academic excellence( or stamped with your signature) but I am hard right on the second amendment and want to own firearms in the future. I am scared that this state will become like California with frankly stupid regulations. Deaths from gun violence are very small even though the mass shootings look bad and even if guns were banned I believe we would have bombings and car attacks like in europe.
We are not about to become like California here in CO. Very different culture and state. And congrats on what you achieved! Yes I sign all of those!
I would work closely with sportsmen, hunters, and those who own guns for self-defense in crafting any safety laws. I sponsored a bill nationally to restore gun ownership rights to people convicted of violating marijuana laws that are now legal:
Tragically we already do have bombings (NYC yesterday) and car attacks here in US also :\
Thank you! Def voting for you. Where I can I sign up to volunteer for your campaign??
wow that's a great question 8)
Hi Jared, I'm glad you were representing Colorado in congress. Is there a reason you are trying for governor now rather than trying to continue to represent us in congress?
yes I think that I can make more progress on what drives me to serve at the public level. First and foremost education. I want to bring quality preschool and kindergarten to every child in Colorado, every child deserves a strong start! And with President Trump pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords, we need to continue to make progress at the state and local level and I have a plan to transition our state to 100% renewable energy by 2040.
That’s a pretty big if, though, given Pete Sessions’s moves to block any and all marijuana votes over the course of the past year. I’m not hopeful the Rules Committee will allow said amendment to even get to the floor. As you know, being a member of the panel, it’s pretty stacked and GOP members haven’t been inclined to vote for amendments to rules to allow cannabis measures to advance.
yeah Rules is the last resort we need our Republican friends like Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) to push hard to get it into the base bill
Just want to say as a former Coloradan - thank you. Your "internet is for porn" bit getting read into the Congressional record for all posterity was a tremendous act of humor and rebellion.
How do you feel about the current state of marajuana legalization? What challenges are you facing in the state on a legal level, and how closely did your office work with the governor's office to share information? How does that even work?
That was a fun moment in Congress :)
It's not in the Congressional Record during the Sopa/Pipa fight!
Marijuana legalization has gone very well in CO, and even though it is more and more popular in Congress (leaving it up to states to decide, not legalizing it everywhere) and I think we have a majority in the House, we cannot get it to a vote because House Leadership is against it. We will keep fighting, and we are also very worried about AG Jeff Sessions.
Will you run for president?
I really don't think so.
Hi Representative Polis, thanks for doing this AMA. If elected governor, would you work to change the balance of power between local municipalities and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission? If so, what changes would you make?
I have consistently supported making sure our local communities have a seat at the table around issues that directly impact their quality of life. The health and safety of Coloradans should come first.
Hi! Just moved here and landed my dream job as a state park ranger. I believe our parks are vital for tourism and every day sanity for the folks that use our parks. My question is how do you view the state parks and what will you do to help fix the broken budget of them? Would you consider separating parks and wildlife?
Welcome to our wonderful state! I know you will love Colorado and I'm excited that you will be part of running the best state park system in the country!
Our state parks and other public land are not only an important part of our identity as Coloradans, but they are a critical part of our quality of life and our economy. I will look into the idea of separating the two, I hadn't heard it before. We need to properly fund our state parks so that we can enjoy them and preserve them.
For those who aren't familiar with our state park system, check some out near you:
Hi Jared! I'm a former and hopefully future constituent of yours. I have three questions for you:
I was fortunate to grow up in the Boulder Valley School District, the largest school district within your congressional district. The BVSD has some of the best schools not only in the state, but in the country. However, much of the rest of the state, particularly the more rural areas, don't have the same quality of education. What will you do to spread this success?
Many states, such as Arizona, Utah, and Hawaii, are facing a teacher shortage crisis in their public school systems. What steps need to be taken to make sure that Colorado doesn't go down the same path?
There are many systematic issues with the way that the federal government is elected, chief among them being gerrymandering, an issue which can be solved at the state level. What will you do as governor to reduce or eliminate gerrymandering in Colorado?
I wish you the best of luck in the coming election!
2: We have a lot in there about that like affordable housing for teachers in high cost areas and loan forgiveness for teachers working in undeserved rural areas
How do you feel about places like Broomfield where buying or selling marijuana is banned by the local governments?
I LOVE Broomfield. Now you can keep chickens in your yard there too!
Under our statewide Amendment 64, it's up to cities and counties (Broomfield is a city/county) to decide whether to allow dispensaries within their borders. I believe though that you have a right to grow up to six plants yourself anywhere in Colorado
I think I may have editted this in while you were typing your response, sorry for my lack of reddiquette:
Have you recently changed your mind on any of your closely held beliefs? If so, which one? If not, are you certain you are testing them often enough?
yeah I didn't see that part. So Being in Congress is different. We only get to vote on something once (usually). So if you later change your mind you don't get to go back and change your vote. Doesn't mean you can't change your mind, but your input phase is already done unless a similar vote comes up again.
As Governor and in business, you can change your mind if you determine you were wrong on a more dynamic basis. Adjustments in course are very important.
Also many "closely held beliefs" are based on morality as well, and while ones morality can change over time usually a person stays fairly true to what they believe as right and wrong. Tactics, however, change. In addressing climate change, I regret that the the Democrats pushed cap and trade over a simpler, carbon fee that would have allowed tax reductions in other areas. It's not so much that the policy was horribly flawed, but the latter could have been marketed more effectively and would have been better for the overall economy.
Do you think constitutional amendment is needed to provide meaningful reform, update, and clarification to the 12th? IDK if it matters, but I'm in Lakewood, used to be in your district, but I moved.
YES I support a constitutional amendment to abolish the electoral college and move to direct election of the President.
since passing constitutional amendments are so hard, a more realistic path would be in my new job as Governor to support the interstate compact:
Hi. I am from Ft. Morgan. What ideas do you have for bringing economic prosperty to rural Colorado? The front range is doing great but the plains are seeing housing prices skyrocket but wages are very stagnate. 11 dollars for an IT tech working for local health department doesn't cut it.
1) Bringing high speed internet to rural areas
my op-ed on the topic:
2) Universal preschool and kindergarten making our less urban areas better places to raise kids'
3) Loan forgiveness for teachers who work in under served rural areas.
4) Bringing mid-size and advanced manufacturing to rural CO, especially near existing rail lines and highways to provide a competitive advantage
I appreciate the candid answer.
Any thoughts about By-Right development, or the Yes In My BackYard (YIMBY) movement in general?
I would need to learn more about it. I believe based on what I know that it would be the prerogative of local government and I'm not sure how the state would be involved. Is there a state role you see?
Here's a good article on how Form-Based-Codes might work in practice:
I love your focus on universal Pre-K. That's something that's not a national issue here but in MA Martha Coakley ran with that as a key plank in her platform. It would be far more effective than free college at leveling the playing field.
yes all the data shows that the early years are the most important and can make the biggest difference in closing the achievement gap. And in CO we will get it done!
hi jared! i’m curious—what do you see as the legal path forward for net neutrality? assuming the repeal goes forward this week, what is our best shot at getting it back? through the legislature? or through the courts?
also, i’m proud to have you as my rep here in boulder and look forward to voting for you for governor. cheers!
So I think that if it goes through, which it probably will, we should proceed with:
1) Legislation- unlikely to pass and be signed with Trump in office (since he appointed the FCC that is repealing net neutrality) but still the best long term solution
2) Elect a different President in 3 years who appoints a different FCC that supports net neutrality
3) expanding municipal broadband (which is my plan as governor)
4) Adding consumer internet protections to state law (for CO)
I'm for net neutrality but what can a governor legally do about net neutrality?
1) Push the envelope legally on state consumer protections to keep the internet free and open
2) Make it easier for municipal broadband to be extended across CO
3) Remove state-specific laws that slows resources from the Broadband Deployment Fund to be used for rural broadband open internet buildout
What is the best way and what is your plan to help promote private sector employment of those with disabilities?
I visited this restaurant recently and was impressed:
Counties can partner with businesses to get those with disabilities successfully into the workforce doing meaningful work to ultimately support themselves. There are some great programs out there we just need to scale them up!
Do you think it's something that needs more exposure at the national level or is the issue DOA with the national Democratic Party's focus on higher ed and the GOP's resistance to anything that smells like government spending?
Are resources better spent fighting this fight at the state level?
yes and yes. Deserves more attention and DOA ;)
So we introduced a bill in the House and Senate on this topic:
But it won't pass with this composition of Congress. So I hope and plan to actually get it done as Governor.
You mention your work with bitcoin in your bio. Do you think the current spike in prices is a bubble?
What do you envision as the role of bitcoin, given that it fails all three tests that economists generally consider to define money?
I think it's a cool and high profile application of blockchain technology. I have no idea what it's price will be in a day or a year.
How do you feel about fracking in the state of Colorado (and the country)?
I support making sure that local governments have a seat at the table around planning, and that the health and safety of residents should come first.
thanks for your answer! i’m all for the municipal internet and hope we can forge that path in boulder as well. looking forward to it gaining momentum when the FCC inevitably makes its silly decision.
I have a couple questions.
Do you think the cost's of living are going to ever to go back down or begin stabilizing in Colorado, What is your stance/thoughts on that?
I've been here for 25 years, and the prices have gotten horrible. Most Native Coloradoians are moving out of state because living out here is skyrocketing because of pot. No joke.
Edit: If I land a full time job even at 15 an hour. I still would not be able to even afford a good small studio out here. (I may eventually be forced to move out of state.)
My next question is your stance on net neutrality, I'm 25, but what Can I do to get their attention and stop them from gutting net neutrality.
If net neutrality get's removed, I can kiss all my schooling, learning, and future career job goodbye since I'm a learning illustrator, and most everything I do is digital.
1) Well we don't want it to go down for the wrong reasons- jobs leaving and unemployment. I remember well the days of the 2009 housing crisis. Lots of people underwater on their mortgages and big decreases. We want it going down by having more affordable housing opportunities available nearer to where people work, and in transit planned communities near commuting rail. While land use is local not state, I would partner with cities and counties to deliver more reasonably priced housing. So yes I think I can make progress on this. I do not think that marijuana is big part of why home prices have increased, but if you are right and it is then that will change soon because many more states are now legalizing it including the huge state of California.
2) I don't think there is much we can do to stop them this week, so we need to look at what we can do AFTER to save the internet for you and everyone else who relies on it. Here are some ideas:
a) Legislation- unlikely to pass and be signed with Trump in office (since he appointed the FCC that is repealing net neutrality) but still the best long term solution
b) Elect a different President in 3 years who appoints a different FCC that supports net neutrality
c) expanding municipal broadband (which is my plan as governor)
d) Adding consumer internet protections to state law (for CO)
What about rural healthcare? Currently the Hugo hospital (Lincoln Community Hospital ) is advertising on I70 at Limon that they are the last hospital for 80 miles. This hospital is barely surviving and with Trump's attempt to kill the ACA, it may not last much longer.
First (and this relates to my current job) preserving the MediCaid expansion and reauthorizing and funding the Children's Health Insurance Program are CRITICAL to keep even our existing network of rural providers in business. I would do everything I could as Governor to expand coverage even more, which would help rural providers.
Second as governor, I would work to expand telehealth opportunities to those who don't have access to a hospital.
In the Spring I'll graduate from CU with a B.A. in political science, summa cum laude (and Phi Betta Kappa, if that means anything anymore). I also have a programming background and have worked at CU for a couple years as a developer. On top of that, I used to run popular Boulder restaurant which I'm almost sure you loved.
What's the potential of getting a paid position on your gubernatorial campaign? While I'd love to volunteer, those student loan payments are going to come knocking fast.
oh cool what restaurant? Congrats on your graduation. We will probably be looking for organizers in the spring. PM me your contact info.
Hi Jared, what state would be the easiest for someone to become governor of?
I don't think any state is easy to become Governor of. I suppose states that are highly partisan are probably easier to become governor of (if you are in the majority party) because you mostly have to win one election (the party primary) and the general election in easier. In Colorado I have to win TWO elections, I have to get the nomination of the Democrats and then I have to win in a closely balanced state in the general election.
As a democrat in Colorado outside of Gerrymandering do you really have anything to worry about? I can't imagine such a progressive state voting a republican in, but then again, we have Trump.
You may live in a Democratic area, but Colorado is a very "purple" mixed state. We have one Republican Senator and one Democratic Senator. We have 4 Republican US Representatives and 3 Democratic US Representatives. So yes it will be a close general election (we expect)