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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonJanuary 30, 20186min526

During the dozen years since Colorado voters lifted TABOR spending limits by approving Referendum C in 2005, legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle have performed an annual charade in which they profess their support for expanded transportation funding. 2018 has proven no different. Yet the record shows, that with the exception of the road and bridge registration fee imposed by Democrats and last year’s Republican provision in SB 267 authorizing state buildings to be mortgaged as collateral against transportation bonds, each a fiscal Band-Aid, the Legislature has consistently failed to propose a comprehensive funding program despite the professed consensus regarding its importance. While congestion grows as thousands of new vehicles are registered each month, our state highways are evidencing growing signs of neglect.


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Randy BaumgardnerRandy BaumgardnerJanuary 17, 20186min1121

Coloradans and voters across the state agree that Colorado’s roads are in terrible shape and that improving and maintaining our state highways and roads needs to be Priority One for the state’s lawmakers. The mystery is why in the face of this broad, statewide consensus, from Grand Junction to Colorado Springs and Aurora to Alamosa, it is so difficult to get Colorado’s governor and all state lawmakers to prioritize state budget dollars to match the size of the problem.