Heather Johnson is the Libertarian candidate for Colorado's State Senate District 10 seat.
What is your top issue for the next legislative session, and how do you plan to fix it?
Johnson: School funding is a top issue. I would like to see more accountability and transparency from School Districts on their spending. Teacher and Support staff (Paras, Bus Drivers, Bus Assistants, Secretaries, etc) pay is important too. I would like to work on rewriting the Marijuana Bill in order to funnel that money directly to school districts for whatever they need versus just building new buildings and prevention programs. Find better ways to fund school districts instead of just raising taxes.
How can the legislature address the state's housing and cost of living issues?
Johnson: I support a reasonable Multiple Occupancy Law for more than just 2. Let the owner decided how many bedrooms they would like to rent out. Have regulations in place that stipulates what a bedroom is to prevent owners from creating "bedrooms" out of closets. Get rid of tax write offs for unoccupied condos/apartments in their buildings. That should encourage the owners to lower their rents. Roll back the regulations that developers face when it comes to building low income housing so it is cheaper for them to build.
Should COVID-19 be handled more at a local level or from a top-level approach in the state?
Johnson: Covid-19 should be handled more at a local level than a state level. The levels of Covid-19 are going to much less in the Eastern Plains versus Denver or Boulder. Let the localities have more say in the level of restrictions they are going to enact.