Shannon Bird and Emily Sirota appointed to influential budget committee | Elections

House Speaker-elect Julie McCluskie on Sunday named Representatives Shannon Bird of Westminster and Emily Sirota pf Denver to the Joint Budget Committee, the group tasked with shaping Colorado’s state budget.

“It is certainly bittersweet for me to leave the budget committee, but with the intervention of these two lawmakers, I know it is in good hands,” McCluskie, D-Dillon, said in a statement. . McCluskie had been president of the JBC that year.

McCluskie said Bird and Sirota would bring “incredible talent, vision and leadership to the JBC”.

“I know they will listen and work closely with every member to advance the diverse interests of every community in every corner of our state,” she said.

Elected House Majority Leader Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge, echoed that sentiment.

“We have one of the largest and most diverse caucuses in our state’s history, and I know that with these appointments, our wide range of voices and viewpoints will be well represented at the JBC and in our budget,” Duran said. “Rep. Sirota and Bird will be instrumental in helping us invest in key priorities while increasing funding for schools and essential services. I’m confident our two newest JBC members are advancing our values ​​and moving Colorado forward.”

Bird, D-Westminster, said it was a privilege to join the budget-making panel.

“While Colorado leads the nation in job growth, budget constraints mean we have to be smart about where our resources go,” she said. “We have an opportunity to address historic inequalities that disproportionately impact communities or color, and I am committed to working with my colleagues to craft a fair budget that reflects the priorities of our constituents and the diversity of our caucus and prepare our state for the bright future ahead of us.

Sirota, D-Denver, said she was honored to join the JBC.

“I will prioritize investments that uplift communities historically left behind – often communities of color, who are disproportionately impacted by the challenges we face like climate change, education funding and inequality. revenue,” Sirota said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass a budget that meets our state’s most pressing needs, helps every community thrive, and moves Colorado forward.

Bird, who was first elected in 2018, represents House 29 district in Adams County, which includes much of Westminster. Bird currently serves as chairman of the House Finance Committee and a member of the Business and Labor Affairs Committee and the Pensions Committee and the Pensions Review Subcommittee.

Sirota, who was also first elected in 2018, represents House District 9. She is Vice Chair of the Public and Behavioral Health and Social Services Committee. She is also a member of the Energy & Environment Committee. Prior to his election to the Colorado House of Representatives.

With the appointments of Bird and Sirota, four of the six panel members are new members. Rep. Rod Bockenfeld, R-Watkins, and Sen. Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, were also named to the committee last week.

Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, will chair the JBC; the leadership of the committee rotates between the two chambers. The sixth member of the JBC is Sen. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, the longest-serving member of the committee who joined when he was a House member in 2013.

JBC members also chair the credit committees of their respective chambers.

The JBC will begin work on the 2023-24 budget on Monday. Governor Jared Polis will present his proposed 2023-24 budget to the panel on Tuesday afternoon.

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