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The real problem with public assistance

My schedule. Sunday I leave Durango on the 5:30 p.m. flight to Denver. It sure is nice to fly! I park at the Capitol half a block from my apartment. I get the bills organized and studied for either final passage or second readings on the House floor on Monday morning. Extra time is used to organize and study bills that will be in committee the next day and answer emails until 9:30 p.m. when I walk to my apartment, call Debbie, and go to bed.

I’m up at 4:30 and get back to my office as soon as possible every morning to study bills, schedule meetings and answer mail.

House floor business starts at 10 a.m. on Mondays and 9 a.m. other days. After floor work, we go to committee hearings. The Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee meets on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. The Health and Environment Committee meets all day Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons. The Transportation Committee meets Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. The Capital Development Committee meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays.

There are a lot of receptions at noon and in the evenings, after which I go to my office and prepare for the next day.

We do not usually have committee hearings on Fridays; that gives me a chance for some meetings and catch up before I head back home on the 8:30 p.m. flight.

On Saturdays I go to meetings, meet with constituents, and try to get in a little family and ranch time. I try to make Sunday church and family day.

Busy, but I really enjoy what you have sent me to do.

I made a mistake in last week’s column. Food stamp recipients cannot get cash from automated teller machines (ATMs). I apologize for my error. Current law prohibits recipients of public assistance including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Old Age Pension, Aid to the Needy Disabled, Aid to the Blind and the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program from accessing cash benefits through ATMs in casinos, simulcast facilities, racetracks, commercial bingo facilities, gun stores, and liquor stores. House bill 11-1058 would add strip clubs to the this list. The bill would also require the Department of Human Services to enforce the law.

This makes me think: the initial law was passed a couple of years ago. This year, we are adding requirements for enforcement. The Department of Human Services denies there will be any cost, but their workload will be increased by the law’s mandates. Will we see a request next year for more full-time employees by DHS partly because of this bill? This is one way that government gradually gets out of control.

I will vote against this bill, even though in the beginning I thought I would support it. There is definitely abuse of the system, but the abusers will probably not be stopped by this law. They can always find another ATM. The real problem is more basic. It seems to me that those folks who have the ability should do some kind of work in payment for the public assistance. This will help their self esteem and help to encourage them to find a job.

Thank you for your continued prayers. Dirty politics is alive and well. There was a robo-call that went out to many in the district that accused me of voting for a bill that sent jobs out of the country. I don’t know what they are talking about.

I’ll keep doing what I can to reduce the size and scope of government, to encourage the free enterprise system, and to encourage personal responsibility.

Thank you for doing your part at the local level, especially those of you who are fighting for my property rights while I am in Denver. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

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