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Have a beef with our highways? (Who doesn’t?) Here’s the new lineup for the Colorado Transportation Commission

In this Feb. 20, 2015, file photo, traffic comes to a standstill along Interstate 25, in downtown Denver. Colorado House Democrats have killed a Republican-backed bill to ask voters if they want to issue $3.5 billion in bonds for state highway construction. The bill was one of two being considered Tuesday, May 10, 2016 to address a chronic backlog in state roads construction. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

The Colorado Department of Transportation, which builds, patches and plows the state’s highways, isn’t just some faceless bureaucracy in Denver. It answers to a board that, in turn, answers to the motoring public. The Colorado Transportation Commission‘s 11 members represent distinct districts across the state and are supposed to ensure the entire transportation grid — […]

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Egan: Interstate 70 project is central to our economy

Shaun Egan

A major step forward for transportation occurred earlier this year with the approval of the Central 70 project by the federal government. This project involves the reconstruction of a 10-mile stretch between I-25 and Chambers Road and the replacement of a 50-year-old viaduct on Interstate 70. With the approval, the Colorado Department of Transportation could […]

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YESTERYEAR: Legislator’s party flip infuriates local union

Thirty Years Ago this Week in the Colorado Statesman … State Rep. Faye Fleming, D-Th0rnton, switched her party affiliation from Democratic to Republican Feb. 14, 1987, only six weeks after she took office. One of her campaign contributors, United Steel Workers Local 8031, threatened to sue her for misrepresentation. The influential union also took to […]

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Transportation in Colorado called a glass half full, but lawmakers contributed only a sip

State transportation director Shailen Bhatt told leaders in Colorado Springs Tuesday morning he chooses to see a glass half full after the legislature adjourned last week. That only proves Bhatt is an optimist. Against $20 billion in projected needs over the next two decades, the General Assembly came up with just $1.88 billion, and even […]

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Legislative session ends with less than expected for Colorado highways, but inroads for charter schools

The Colorado legislative session was supposed to be all about funding transportation, but lawmakers spoke more about inroads and progress Wednesday as they adjourned the 120-day General Assembly. Roads got a fraction of what lawmakers said they hoped to raise in January. Two bills would have allowed voters to decide on raising billions of dollars for projects […]

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Don’t get C-470 envy, commuters. Tell Colorado lawmakers to find money for CDOT to get to work.

Colorado commuters, don’t get mad if other major highways are getting work and yours on, say, Interstate 25, remains a parking during morning rush hour. A cyclone of factors involving timing, money and politics in Denver and Washington go into such projects. My buddy Mark Matthews at The Denver Post had a good story Monday afternoon about […]

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Transportation bill gets an overhaul in Colorado Senate committee

A bill that would ask Colorado voters to approve spending billions on transportation went through a budgetary ringer in the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday. Among 12 amendments, the committee lowered the proposed sales tax from 0.62 percent to 0.50 and offset that with $100 million annually from the existing state budget. It also locks in 53 […]

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ICYMI: Forgery no-no, SAT test sure looks new, teen seeks DPS board seat and more

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A couple of Mesa County women didn’t fool anyone when they allegedly tried to cast second ballots in last fall’s general election by forging the names of current or former relatives. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported the two face possible voter fraud charges. It doesn’t sound like the SAT test this year’s 11th graders […]

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Conservative group sounds alarm over health care’s rapidly rising share of Colorado state budget

Jack Graham, a former Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former CSU athletic director, addresses supporters on June 28, 2016, at a primary night watch party in southeast Denver. Graham placd second in the U.S. Senate primary, trailing El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Colorado’s state budget has jumped by more than 19 percent over the last decade, measured in constant dollars, a free-market think tank says in a report delivered at the Capitol this week as lawmakers weigh next year’s budget. And nearly all of that increased spending has gone to health care,the study by the Common Sense […]

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