Donna Lynne’s campaign roadmap makes a stop at affordable housing
Author: Joey Bunch - April 19, 2018 - Updated: April 19, 2018
Are we there yet? Lt. Gov Donna Lynne roadmap to run Colorado is now making a stop at affordable housing.
The Democrat from Denver continues to release her policy positions, culled from meetings experts across the state. She already has explored healthcare, jobs and working families. Still ahead, there’s education, energy, the environment and infrastructure.
“I understand how critical housing is to family stability and our state’s vitality and success,” she said in a statement Wednesday. “When I worked in local government, housing was a top-tier issue that received the same priority and attention as topics like economic development and health care. As Governor, I plan to elevate housing to a cabinet level responsibility and a key priority for my administration.”
To get there, she proposes:
- A cabinet-level leadership position and coordinating council on housing.
- A $25 million state fund and leveraging state land for solutions.
- An extension and expansion of Colorado’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit.
- Use of the state’s Pay For Success program to address chronic homelessness.
The full plan is available by clicking here.
“As single mother who raised three children by myself, I understand the pressure of rising housing costs put on family budgets,” Lynne stated. “The increasing cost of housing and lack of available inventory is a burden for Coloradans across the income spectrum and in all parts of the state.”
A former Kaiser Permanente executive, Lynne was appointed lieutenant governor in 2016. She is awaiting certification of her petitions to get on the Democratic primary ballot. Former state Sen. Mike Johnston’s petitions were certified last month.
At last weekend’s Democratic state assembly in Broomfield, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy took the top like on the primary ballot with 62 percent of the votes. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis also made the ballot with 33 percent. To qualify for the primary, those who go through the assembly have to get at least 30 percent.