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Colorado State Representative

  • Small Business
    Small Business
    Small businesses are our true job creators .... MORE →
  • Water
    Water
    Water is the “lifeblood” of Southern Colorado. MORE →
  • Energy
    Energy
    It is time to create equal opportunities for all sources of energy ... MORE →
  • Agriculture
    Agriculture
    Agriculture is the backbone to our culture, history and economy in Southern Colorado. MORE →
  • 2nd Amendment
    2nd Amendment
    The Second Amendment states that in order to maintain a free state, the people must retain the right to keep and bear arms. MORE →
  • Education
    Education
    Parents and local school boards know what is best for their children .... MORE →

Statement on Minimum Wage Increase

Colorado voters need to be really careful what they ask for.  This initiative just rings of “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is”.  A raise in wages sounds great, and it would be if that were the only thing to happen, however, there is a web of impact that voters should be very conscientious of, and there are primarily four aspects of the increase weighing on my mind.  I’m fearful that if passed, it will result in an overall loss of jobs in Colorado, it will negatively impact Colorado’s low-skilled workers, it won’t reduce poverty (as being stated by proponents), and finally it may result in higher prices for consumers.  I’d urge Colorado voters to really think long and hard…while it may sound great on paper, just like everything else, there are going to be far reaching impacts that won’t be positive.

CACI Endorsement

August 2, 2016 - State Representative Clarice Navarro was honored to be endorsed by CACI this week.  The mission of the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI) is to champion a healthy business climate. The four key objectives of that mission include:Maintaining and improving the cost of doing business;
  1. Advocating for a pro-business state government;
  2. Increasing the quantity of educated, skilled workers; and
  3. Strengthening Colorado’s critical infrastructure (roads, water, telecommunications and energy).
CACI is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What CACI accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. The Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry was created in 1965 based on the merger of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association. As a private, non-profit organization, CACI’s work is funded solely by its members.
 
State Representative Navarro stated, "I've maintained a strong pro-business voting record, and I know that the businesses CACI represents are the true job creators.  I plan to fight for strength in our business community in my next term as the State Representative just as I have in my first two terms."

NFIB Endorsement

Presented by:                   Tony Gagliardi

National Federation of Independent Business

Dear Editor,

I have been the National Federation of Independent Business Colorado State Director since 2005. In this role, I serve as the voice of Colorado's small business owners on behalf of America's largest small business advocacy organization. I’m constantly reminding policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of big businesses, but have different difficulties in remaining solvent.  I write today to let you know that State Representative Clarice Navarro represents her District, and specifically the small business community, with tenacity and vision.

State Representative Navarro is able to put politics aside and cast the votes that our small businesses deserve.  She’s outspoken, yet eloquent, in defending small businesses against over regulation and governmental barriers.  Navarro understands the struggles that small businesses in Colorado have, and she consistently looks for solutions so that our small business community can thrive and prosper.  

She’s fought for lower taxes, less regulation and fewer fees, and that’s the voice that Colorado needs at the Legislature.  Southern Colorado, you have sent a Representative that believes in all that is great about our small business community, and I look forward to working with her on small business issues and solutions in the upcoming legislative session.

Sincerely,

Tony Gagliardi
Colorado State Director – NFIB
Phone:  303-860-1778
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Primary Watch Party

Navarro Speaks Out for Small Businesses

June 16, 2016…State Representative Clarice Navarro was honored to be invited and take part in a "Small Business Roundtable Discussion" hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).  BPC is an organization working to find actionable solutions to the nation's key challenges.  BPC is conducting a scoping exercise to determine what policy solutions are needed to promote innovation and create an environment conducive to robust entrepreneurship and sustainable economic growth. 

Representative Clarice Navarro was asked to participate on the panel because of her pro-business agenda and record in the Colorado State Legislature.  As a small business owner herself, she has been an outspoken advocate for fewer burdensome regulations on Colorado's small business community.  Navarro stated, "I'm always going to believe that government should clear a path for the success of our small businesses.  Over regulation, more fees, and higher taxes are not what our small business communities need."

During the roundtable discussion Navarro clearly outlined her pro-business agenda that includes giving small businesses the tools they need to be able to reinvest in their businesses and expand.  Navarro stated, "I continue to believe that our Colorado small businesses are the true job creators, and government needs to stay out of the way of their success.  It' about clearing a path for small business owners, and I'll fight for fewer regulations, fewer fees, and lower taxes."

For more information on BPC please visit:  http://bipartisanpolicy.org/

That’s A Wrap Colorado – Sine Die

This legislative session has illustrated the undeniable differences between Democrats and Republicans and the importance of majorities. Working day in and day out to represent the people of House District 47 has been another rewarding and humbling experience. It is an honor to serve the people of Pueblo, Otero and Fremont County.

I have consistently supported legislation that protects our second amendment rights, protects small businesses, allows for local control, improves education, ensures transparency and protects taxpayers from unnecessary tax increases.

During this legislative session, I have been able to tackle a wide variety of issues that have been brought to my attention by the people of Southern Colorado. The following issues have been heavily researched, and legislation has been thoughtfully created in order to address these issues in the best way possible. As a legislator, I work to remain accessible to my constituents and find solutions for community concerns in order for Colorado to grow and prosper. Below is a description of the bills I have sponsored and co-sponsored. More information on these bills and other bills can always be found on the Colorado General Assembly website.

 

Mental Health

House Bill 16-1147 - This bill shed light on the importance of of mental health services. The wait times for state employees to receive counseling services was alarmingly long and required extensive travel for most. The bill went to the State Affairs Committee and failed by a party line vote. The bill would have simply required that the Colorado State Employees Assistance Program make a purposeful effort to use any extra funding to reduce wait times. Democrats failed to see the value of mental health services. Mental health should be an important issue for all people. It is an issue that effects everyone. I will continue to create and support legislation the brings awareness to, prevents and treats mental health conditions.

 

Education

House Bill 16-1162 – As a conservative, it is of critical importance that we are using funding efficiently and appropriately. This bill would increase transparency by requiring school boards to give parents public notice when there is a proposed salary increase for an administrator of a failing school. There certainly are not many jobs that reward poor performance and superintendents, principals, and vice principals should not be an exception. This bill was killed in the Education Committee by a party line vote. The bill would not have impeded on the decision making authority of the school board, it would simply have been a first step in making sure that we are making the students our number one priority and utilized funding to improve education and student resources.

 

Agriculture

House Bill 16-1124- It was brought to my attention from constituents in House District 47 that the process of buying and selling horses requires intensive and unnecessary branding and inspections. I worked hard to create legislation that addressed these concerns, however the ag department, and various organizations found there to be too many concerns with the elimination of the inspections. The bill was postponed indefinitely in the Agriculture Committee. This is an issue that I will continue to research and find alternative solutions for.

 

Gun Rights

House Bill 16-1204 - I was proud to be a co-sponsor of this bills, and support the right to bear arms. This bill was one of five gun rights bills that went to the State Affairs Committee and was killed by a party line vote. This bill would have permitted concealed carry of handguns on public elementary and secondary schools. It is disappointing to watch Democrats deny Coloradoans of their constitutional rights, but as a strong conservative, I will continue to support legislative efforts that protect our rights.

 

Closing Hours

In the waning hours there is always a rush of legislation that was not addressed throughout the session.  Legislation that was talked about and politicized, but nothing was done. This session is no different.  The Hospital Provider Fee, grocery stores vs. liquor stores licensure, and the primary election bill.  All of which, I’ve taken a clear stand on.  We get elected to make tough votes, and there were plenty.

The Hospital Provider Fee was killed in the Colorado State Senate.  Early on I knew this was not going to be a bill that I could support.  It was written and pushed as a means to usurp the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).  Like TABOR or not, it was put in place by the voters to address out of control spending in Colorado, and to a large degree, although there are many problems with it, it does just that.  There will be many conversations in the coming months about how we support our medical care providers, and I expect to be a part of those.  I contend that the $800 million dollar “shell game” deserved a vote of the people.

Another issue that I heard about was the issue of having a Presidential Primary vs. a Caucus.  I’ve clearly articulated that I believe it’s time for a Presidential Primary, but I’m only open to “closed” primaries where there are firm guidelines and timeframes so that Democrats are voting for Democrats and Republicans are voting for Republicans.  After all, that is what a Primary is all about.  This doesn’t eliminate the Caucus system.  The Caucus system is the most basic of grassroots politics, and it should stay in place as a means of electing party leadership, but a Presidential Primary would give voice to those that feel unheard.  I also believe that a Presidential Primary would make Colorado more relevant on the national political scene.  Unfortunately, the bill that came before the legislature was flawed, and I don’t believe it would have done what the ultimate goal was without doing harm.  Again, this is an issue that will undoubtedly receive attention in the coming months, and rightfully so.  It’s time!

Finally, the grocery stores vs. the liquor stores bill came to my Committee on the 10th.  I’ve never been an advocate for the LARGE grocery stores having the ability to sell “regular” alcohol.  I’ve always felt it created an uneven playing field for the “mom and pop” liquor stores that are scattered throughout the state.  However, compromises were made and I heard from my small business community that they were fine with the bill because the compromises created a good bill that allows for a competitive yet fair business environment.  I ultimately supported the bill after hearing that.

I am looking forward to returning to Pueblo and spending more time with my family and friends, however this line of work weighs heavy on my mind. What can I do to best serve the people of Colorado? What issues are people experiencing? What kind of legislation would be most productive in combating them? I whole-heartedly appreciate and respect the people of Colorado and am hopeful for another opportunity to serve as a State Representative.


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