I am here to give a voice to all that understand the unique differences of living in rural America — living close to the land and celebrating our rugged individualism.
Fighting for our water, protecting our land, and implementing conservation practices in the field for generations to come.
Colorado small businesses, hardworking families, and students cannot wait any longer for Congress to do its job. While only Washington can provide the kind of comprehensive relief that Colorado communities desperately need, we must do what we can now to:
We are going to pass bipartisan legislation that helps those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic bridge the gap through the challenging months ahead until there is a vaccine or relief from Washington.
The hard work has begun. I am once again in the Capitol to give a voice to our communities in southern Colorado. I will advocate for small businesses, health care, and education.
These are unprecedented times — that call for extraordinary measures. The special session will include seven bills brought forward by House and Senate Democrats.
Small business relief in the form of delayed tax payments
This will assist small businesses, restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters. The plan will provide bars that offer food, restaurants, and food trucks with a sales tax holiday of between $2,000 to $10,000 per month. Establishments will still collect the state's 2.9% sales tax but will be allowed to keep the money to help pay rent and other business expenses.
Child care support in the form of financial aid
The bill will create two emergency relief grant programs that will begin funding in very early 2021.
Housing and direct rental assistance
$44.5 million would be put into the housing development grant fund within the Department of Local Affairs.
Grants would be used to increase access to broadband service for students, educators, and other staff who lack stable, reliable internet access for online learning.
The money goes to the food pantry assistance program, which was set up with CARES Act money through House Bill 20-1422. This bill extends the expiration date from Dec. 30, 2020, to Feb. 28, 2021, using the additional $3 million in state funds. Families can use the money to buy food through June 30, 2021, with grants starting at $2,500.
Utility payment assistance
These funds go to the nonprofit Energy Outreach Colorado Low-Income Assistance Fund, to meet a 25% increase in applications this year.
Funds to aid Colorado’s health care response to the pandemic
This will appropriate money to the state's disaster emergency fund to help pay for continuing state costs to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
We must all work together to ensure a brighter future for rural Colorado. It is in our nature to reach out and help our neighbors. Now is the time to continue to support one another.
Representative Donald Valdez
House District 62
"The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance."
April 22, 2020 8:20 PM
Today, Gov. Jared Polis released an update on the state response to COVID-19. You can read more about the "Safer-At-Home" phase of this global pandemic here.
April 13, 2020 6:25 PM
Gov. Jared Polis released an update on state response to COVID-19. You can access this update here.
March 26, 2020 6:00 AM
Gov. Jared Polis released the executive order to Stay At Home beginning March 26th at 6:00 AM and lasts through April 11th, unless otherwise rescinded. View the press conference here.
March 19, 2020 7:40 AM
Read How Colorado Takes Further Action to Address Public Health Threat of COVID-19 here.
March 18, 2020 12:08 PM
Please see the latest resources regarding COVID - 19 from the Colorado General Assembly here.
March 18, 2020 7:55 AM
Updates from Colorado Attorney General, Phil Weiser can be located here.
March 17, 2020 12: 19 PM
The latest updates from Gov. Jared Polis are available here.
You will note that there are restrictions for all on-site dining, now prohibited at restaurants and bars in Colorado (delivery, online, and curbside is still available at some restaurants). Also, the governor ordered all gyms, theaters (movie & performance), breweries, coffeehouses, and casinos closed.
March 16, 2020 12:52 PM
Please view the following information regarding companies responses to the COVID - 19. I encourage you to continue to visit my social media and website for regular updates.
March 16, 2020 10:00 AM
After a long hard week at the State Capitol, it has it has been decided – by leadership – to suspend the General Assembly. I want to bring the attention to the severity of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a HIGHLY contagious viral disease that has spread throughout many of Colorado’s communities. As of March 15, 2020, it was confirmed that there are 30 new positive cases in Colorado. These additional cases, bring the total number of positive cases for COVID – 19 to 131 cases within our state. I’m certain that our leadership is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our communities and seeks to protect the most vulnerable during this critical time. Governor Jared Polis stated, “Colorado is strong and we will get through this together. The safety and health of our most vulnerable and of our communities is our top priority. . . Coloradans and our business community must continue to rise to meet the demand of these challenging times and everyone must do their part in stopping the spread of this virus.”
Please continue to take care of yourself, your family, and our communities. I urge you to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID – 19 and keep up to date with the most current information using the following reputable sites:
As always, I’m committed to serving my district and Colorado. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to send me a message and I will continue to advocate for health and safety in our communities. We are all in this together.
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