Guest Column

Defending our rags-to-riches rhetoric, and keeping American opportunity alive

Column by Jim Smallwood
Posted 4/6/17

The rags-to-riches ideal is a distinctly American value. No matter who you are, every American has the room to rise with hard work, a competitive spirit, and a good idea. This is the fabric of our …

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Guest Column

Defending our rags-to-riches rhetoric, and keeping American opportunity alive

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The rags-to-riches ideal is a distinctly American value. No matter who you are, every American has the room to rise with hard work, a competitive spirit, and a good idea. This is the fabric of our national mindset, the rhetoric in our classrooms and business deals.

It seems like everything is possible and in reach, until the government steps in with its red tape and rules. A maze of frustrating legislation is an economy-strangling hazard.

I recently met with a small business owner in Castle Rock, Dr. Adam Graves. He owns Colorado Natural Medicine and Acupuncture, and he is living his dream of practicing medicine. His business is fulfilling his calling, creating jobs, and helping others. Chatting with business owners like Dr. Graves fortifies my motivation to fight overbearing government regulations and taxes so that the American Dream remains more than a dream for people like Dr. Graves who are pursuing the kind of dream that supports American growth and prosperity.

I am proud to announce that the bill I put together along with Rep. Mike Foote and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, HB17-1048, was signed into law this month. This bill fights for our American dream by extending the statute of limitations for prosecuting insurance fraud so that it begins when the crime is discovered, not committed. This gives victims adequate time to take action.

Furthermore, I am thrilled that last week the bill HB17-1052, which I sponsored along with Rep. Susan Beckman, was signed into law. Our children are the future of our nation and state, and we must make space, time and money for their well-being and opportunities.

HB17-1052 brings into focus the allocation formula that is used to administer services associated with child welfare. Essentially, this bill distills the process from the distant, less personal state government to the local county governments that can survey their own people and better determine the most effective formula for making sure welfare dollars go to those that need it without waste or inefficient, unnecessary obstacles.

The upcoming weeks will be spent rigorously preparing for the "Long Bill" (the state budget). Our Colorado Constitution states that we must balance the budget every year, and doing so promotes careful attention to the way we spend our money in this state. We take our responsibility seriously here at the Capitol, and want to determine the superlative way to budget our state funds.

Thank you to all who have reached out to me with feedback and input. I'm here to represent and fight for our conservative principles in order to preserve the freedom and opportunity that we want for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

I'm always available for questions, concerns, input, and feedback at 303-866-4869 or by email: senatorsmallwood@gmail.com.

Parker resident Jim Smallwood is a Republican state senator from District 4, which includes much of Douglas County.

Jim Smallwood

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