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Donna Lynne hammers next plank in gubernatorial platform: working families

Author: Joey Bunch - April 6, 2018 - Updated: April 5, 2018

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne plays a game on stage at Club 20’s annual spring meeting last weekend in Grand Junction, (Photo by Joey Bunch/Colorado Politics)

DENVER — Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne presented the second plank of her platform for governor Thursday, part of where campaign calls her “Colorado Roadmap” policies and priorities. This one would help working families.

“Colorado’s economy has made impressive strides in the past several years,” the Democrat from Denver said in a statement . “There is tremendous opportunity in our great state, but that opportunity is not equally available today.

“I’m running for governor because I want to build upon Colorado’s prosperity and ensure that all Coloradans can succeed.”

Some of her goals look more achievable than others, such as “ending child hunger.”

She pledges to put $100 million into proven affordable childcare and early education programs and support older adults and caregivers. She pledges to do things to provide financial security for working families. Her campaign cited paid family and medical leave, better overtime rules and a public retirement savings program for private-sector workers.

“As a middle-class kid who worked my way through college and a single mother who raised three children by myself, I understand these struggles,” stated Lynne. “I know what it is to stretch every dollar just to make ends meet. Through education, hard work and good luck, I have lived the American Dream and achieved considerable success. But I recognize that structural barriers make it so much harder to do so today.”

The first leg of Lynne’s roadmap, health care, was released last month.

She is promising more such policy proposals to come, including formal positions on education, energy, the environment, housing, infrastructure, jobs and the economy.

A former executive with Kaiser Permanente.Lynne was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2016 to replace Joe Garcia, who took a job leading a higher education organization.

She is running in a crowded Democratic primary that includes U.S. Rep Jared Polis, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy and former state Sen. Mike Johnston.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.