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Colorado Concern has a radio message for lawmakers: Fix roads

Author: Joey Bunch - April 3, 2018 - Updated: April 3, 2018

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DENVER — The business alliance Colorado Concern has a message for state lawmakers coming to a car radio (and traffic jam) near you: Make a deal to fund transportation.

The organization is spending $25,000 to run that message during morning and afternoon drive-times on far-reaching Denver AM radio stations 850 KOA and 630 KHOW, including during the Colorado Rockies’ home opener Friday.

“Coloradans are exhausted by the traffic and congestion and are looking to the general assembly to finally set the state on a path towards resolving the issue,” Mike Kopp, Colorado Concern’s CEO, a former gubernatorial candidate and former state Senate Republican leader, tells Colorado Politics.

“We are amplifying those concerns in the hopes that a bipartisan solution can be brought about and our roads finally fixed.”

Colorado Concern likes the compromise reached in the Senate last week, led by Sens. John Cooke, R-Greeley, and Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada.

Senate Bill 1, which passed unanimously last week, would ask voters for permission to borrow $3.5 billion for major transportation improvements. The money would be repaid with $250 from the existing state budget.

The vote, however, would not occur until 2019, after outside groups have a chance to settle the funding issue at the ballot this November.

The House is set to begin deliberations on the major transportation bill. Amendments are expected, so the legislation ultimately will wind up before a conference committee to work out a compromise before the session ends on May 9.

If you’re at work without ear buds, here’s the script:

(Voiceover) No more excuses. Fix the roads.

That’s the message we want our state senators and state representatives to hear.

The congestion is unbearable.

To and from work, back and forth from the mountains, even when we’re taking our kids to practice or a recital on a Saturday afternoon, traffic in Colorado is a mess.

It’s time for action. Now.

(Mike Kopp) Hi, I’m Mike Kopp, CEO of Colorado Concern.

A bipartisan deal to fix our roads just passed the State Senate, unanimously!

It’s a big deal.

And we can begin right away because it will put almost a half billion surplus dollars towards roads now, and ask voters next year to OK a $3.5 billion bond plan.

Sen. John Cooke and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger deserve high praise for this deal.

Now it’s up to the House.

Let’s get this done.

Let’s fix Colorado’s roads now.

Colorado Concern is responsible for the content of this advertising.

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.