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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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Should yesterday’s jail tax fund today’s transportation needs? DougCo voters won’t get a chance to say

Traffic backs up on Interstate 25 approaching Castle Rock along a stretch of highway known as "The Gap," which is a top construction priority for the state. (Courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation)

We put the question a bit differently earlier this week: Can a community spend too much on law enforcement when there are underfunded, competing needs? Perhaps not — at least, for the two Douglas County commissioners who nixed a proposal by the commission’s third member late Wednesday to ask voters to shift some of the […]

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How to fund better highways without a tax hike? Douglas County’s Lora Thomas has an idea

Traffic backs up on Interstate 25 approaching Castle Rock along a stretch of highway known as "The Gap," which is a top construction priority for the state. (Courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation)

A proposal now on the table in Douglas County attempts to find a balance between two perennial public-policy priorities: law enforcement and transportation. Freshman County Commissioner Lora Thomas wants to ask burgeoning DougCo’s voters to shift some county revenue from the former to the latter. Her pragmatic solution, up for consideration by the commission on Tuesday: Reconfigure a long-standing county sales tax that […]

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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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New highway bill already has one influential critic: Denver chamber

This just came over the transom from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce: The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce announced its position on one bill working its way through the Colorado General Assembly.  The Chamber opposes: State Highway System Funding and Financing (SB17-303) The chamber is of course a key barometer of the state’s business […]

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YESTERYEAR: Owens talks economy on West Slope, Romer and JBC butt heads, ADL condemns David Duke

The Anti-Defamation League's Nov. 22, 1991 cartoon which depicted failed Louisiana gubernatorial candidate David Duke. (Statesman Archives)
… Fifteen Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Politicos and policy wonks from Denver braved the treacherous mountain passes on I-70 to visit the Western Slope for an economic roundtable, featuring Colorado’s chief executive, Gov. Bill Owens. The Republican governor stated that allowing businesses and consumers to buy “Chevrolet instead of Cadillac” […]

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