Balanced Solutions Engineered for Empowerment
Ensure our state government protects small businesses from the effects of COVID-19
Matt would like financial resources allocated to our local economy while ensuring that small businesses are not over-regulated to the detriment of the long-term health & Empowerment of our community.
Strengthen our mental health system by restoring funding & resources defunded by Colorado’s government
This is not the time to cut funding to any mental health programs. Many members of our community are feeling their Empowerment diminish due to the lack of support from our systems because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colorado ranks 27th nationally for mental health funding. Colorado is 7th in the nation for suicides. Colorado currently has the highest rate of teen suicides in the nation. We need outraged paired with immediate solutions, funding, and resources. If elected, one of my many initiatives on bettering mental health funding and access will be to increase Colorado’s mental health funding, so we are at least 20th in the nation.
Matt would have voted FOR HB20-1425, which encouraged hospitals to adopt policies that would allow you to visit your loved one, sick or dying, in the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. My opponent voted AGAINST this bipartisan, near-unanimously voted bill.
This bill passed unanimously, AND with bipartisan support, in the State Senate and nearly unanimously in the State House. It was signed into law by Governor Polis in June.
The inspiration behind this bill was Steve Reiter. Steve and his two sons were not allowed to visit their wife and mother while staying at CU Anschutz hospital. After three weeks of being denied visitation rights, their wife and mother died alone.
Rep. Jaquez Lewis’s vote is not only wrong, it is cruel and inhumane. Why did she do this? We deserve to know.
Watch Matt’s Hangar Address about HB20-1425
Increase teachers’ salaries to improve our education system
Matt would like existing money directed, without raising taxes, to vital resources teachers and students need to feel Empowered & supported, instead of funding costly administrative tasks.
Bring medical freedom and parental choice back to Colorado & repeal SB-163
SB-163 greatly increased government bureaucracy by mandating parents who didn’t want to vaccinate their children for a particular vaccine must either visit a doctor for a written exemption or watch a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment produced video.
The exemption form is also standardized, which allows the state to collect and analyze data about why parents choose not to vaccinate. This is a data-mining Trojan horse.
There are better ways of increasing education on vaccinations, but force is not the answer. We must balance health and safety with personal rights.
Watch Matt’s Airborne Address about SB-163
Audit RTD to determine why SD17 taxpayers did not receive the public transportation system they voted for
It is simply unacceptable that RTD took our hard-earned taxpayer dollars and promised a light rail between Boulder and Longmont over 10 years ago, and did not deliver what SD17 voted for. If elected, Matt will investigate why this occurred and advocate that either the lite rail be built using existing funds or that your money is returned to you.
Launch the “Energy Evolution Race” for new & innovative environmental technology
Analogous to the Space Race of the 1950s and 1960s that landed Americans on the moon, Colorado should spearhead an environmental initiative that transforms and evolves how Americans consume and use energy.
Expanding and evolving the potentials of technologies that truly have the potential to revolutionize America’s energy needs can build upon Colorado’s reputation as being the leader in environmental technology advancement.
Colorado can be a model for our country in how to evolve energy use.
This concept does not demonize existing industries or threaten the jobs of hard-working SD17 residents. Instead, it fosters innovation that will be used as a transitional and evolutionary change that creates jobs.
This unconventional process rejects the binary solutions that reveal a denial of how our country and state operate. Instead, it focuses on real change that can be digested in a productive and meaningful way.
From superconductivity to high-density polymer energy sources, fusion energy, and hydrogen fuel cells, there are many areas of science that can be cultivated to truly transform our state and country sustainability, cleanly, and productively.
Matt Menza supports helping find solutions to reducing airplane noise in Louisville
Many Louisville residents have reached out regarding the growing number of small planes that fly low over their homes, making enjoying their outdoor spaces impossible due to the constant disruptions. Although there should always be a reasonable expectation and tolerance to the noise created by local airports, Matt believes the Louisville residents that have reached out have a valid concern.
Matt believes in working with the local airport tenants and the FAA to establish both compliances in noise abatement procedures and then looking to create “course rules” or a route around critical noise-sensitive residential areas is possible. As an instructor pilot, general aviation aircraft owner, airline pilot, military pilot, civilian and military test pilot, Matt is the most qualified to help unite our local community and our local airports to solve said concern so we all thrive and live in unity together.
If elected Matt will work hard to find a reasonable and balanced solution addressing the noise concerns of Louisville!
Matt Menza supports farming freedom, and expanding & maintaining our precious water storage
A State Senator that represents District 17 should support our farming communities and recognize that water is a critical factor in ensuring the survival and growth of our agricultural community.
Our water storage capabilities should be properly maintained and ever-expanding to accommodate growth. Our water rights should also be protected in the same manner property rights are guaranteed.
Farming freedom is also critical. Ensuring farmers have the autonomy to farm freely without being told how or what they can farm should be a new hot topic that we should all care about. Whether the land a farmer is on is leased or not, they should never be told that they must farm in accordance with a fad, trend, or political position. Farming should stay free of politics and opinions and the farmer should be the sole decider of how they grow their crops and implicitly in accordance with already established federal EPA guidelines.
We need a comprehensive water plan for the future, that ensures sustainable and affordable water for the future.
Environmentally, we need to ensure farmers are not unnecessarily regulated to the point that the regulations thwart growth and instead focus on incentive systems based on proportional production.
Colorado’s agricultural industry and its many hard-working farmers need someone that understands how to balance Colorado growth with the priorities of local farmers to ensure our farmers thrive and succeed. Nothing is better than locally grown and produced products.
A State Senator from District 17 needs to understand theese issues and not inadvertently hinder the agricultural efforts due to bad governance or over-regulation.
I will ensure our agricultural industry and all Colorado farmers get a voice in what is needed for them to thrive and grow.
Cultivate a spirit of scientific and technological innovation and advancement in SD17
Matt encourages our rich STEM community to use this knowledge to advance initiatives in our communities that can benefit all residents. From STEM volunteer resources in our schools to encouraging STEM-related small businesses to move to Colorado, Matt believes this is how our science and technology community can continue to flourish and expand their presence in SD17.
“Man is not the enemy of man but through the medium of a false system of government… instead of seeking to reform the individual, the wisdom of a nation should apply itself to reform the system.”
— Thomas Paine