On Jan. 11, Gov. Hickenlooper delivered his eighth and final state of the state speech to the Colorado General Assembly. It was a decent address, and I have tremendous respect for the governor. In the address he touched on a number of issues that I agree are priorities in Colorado: regulatory relief, education funding, and the health of rural Colorado’s economy, to name a few. But there was one glaring issue that barely got an honorable mention — road and highway construction. Even more frustrating was how enthusiastically the House and Senate Democrats cheered his endorsement of a tax increase to pay for it. While improving roads clearly was at the bottom of our governor’s list of priorities, it is at the top of mine, and most importantly, we don’t need any new tax dollars to start making progress today.