Marsha Looper - Colorado House District 19

On The Issues - 2008

Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources

Agriculture is a vital part of Colorado’s future, playing a unique role in our economic strength, providing over 100,500 jobs and generating over $16 billion dollars of economic activity annually. Colorado farmers and ranchers help to feed the world, exporting nearly $1 billion dollars in food products annually. Colorado’s agriculture industry requires an estimated 9,000 ­ 10,000 seasonal workers annually and faces critical shortages of seasonal workers. The Colorado Nonimmigrant Agricultural Seasonal Worker Pilot Program is NOT an amnesty program, NOT a path to citizenship, and NOT an open door to illegal workers.
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Illegal Immigration

Illegal immigration is dangerous to our national security, drains our resources, and ultimately harms our economy! Marsha's strong stand to protect our borders has earned her the support of Colorado's leaders on immigration reform. (Read more.)

Constitutional Rights

Marsha is committed to defending our rights and the Constitution written to protect them! She continues to battle to protect private property owners from condemnation abuse, and is endorsed by the Pikes Peak Fire Arms Coalition and the NRA for her strong stand on the Second Amendment.

Water

The ongoing questions about water quality and availability in HD19 need our attention! Protecting and conserving our water resources is vital! Marsha has the vision to provide the leadership necessary to address this challenge! (See Rainwater Harvesting-Bill to review the feasibility of a Pilot Program for Rain Water Harvesting for Residential Developments. Texas, New Mexico and Arizona have been harvesting rainwater from rooftops for years. It is estimated that there is a 20-30% consumptive use water savings. A conservation measure worth looking at in our state. Also see 2008 legislation on Small Capacity, Residential Well Ownership Tracking, HB08-1014, and talking points. Also see 2007 legislation on Disclosure of Water Sources in Connection with the Sale of Residential RealProperty, HB07-1156.)

 

Business and Economic Development

As a rancher, Realtor and small business owner, Marsha understands the important role of business and free enterprise in our society. Management and planning for growth are critical to ensure that El Paso County remains economically vibrant.

 

Private Property Rights

Marsha was instrumental in the passage of 6 landmark bills to protect our private property rights! She also authored a ballot initiative. More legislation is needed to prevent eminent domain from being used for private gain. (Read more).

Super Slab

Nothing has changed about this project but its name! Ports to Plains is a tax-funded, community supported alternative which will actually benefit the citizens of Colorado and provide a feasible route for truckers and travelers. There is no reason to build the Super Slab and displace thousands of Coloradoans! Protection for property owners regarding private toll roads: HB08-1007 clears up the property titles from toll road encumbrances and statutorily declares that a private toll road company does not have a private property right or development right! (Read more. Pictured is an existing toll road, multi-modal corridor to illustrate what the Super Slab would look like.)


Military

Our brave men and women serving their country deserve our respect and gratitude! Their service should be honored by ensuring that their benefits are maintained. Marsha strongly supports Referendum E providing military property tax exemptions, the T*A*P*S organization, and the efforts to establish a National Veteran's Cemetery in El Paso County. (Read more).