Tag Archives | House Bill 1242

On the 2017 legislative session, transportation lobbyist sees hope in the wreckage

Sandra Hagen Solin, founder of Capitol Solutions, in a Capitol lobby, 10 May 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
Sandra Hagen Solin, spokesperson for the Fix Colorado Roads economic-development coalition, worked the legislative trenches all year to bring Capitol leaders to a place where they could make a deal to pass a major transportation funding proposal. After months of back and forth, leadership this session brought out House Bill 1242, which failed spectacularly. Critics […]

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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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That Grantham speech on doomed transportation bill may haunt the Capitol

Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, in his Capitol office, January 23, 2017. (Photo by John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

The session’s unloved grand bipartisan transportation measure, House Bill 1242, is dead, but the closing remarks — you might say the sickbed epitaph — delivered for the bill by Republican sponsor and Senate President Kevin Grantham are worth revisiting, especially given that, in the last week, and with a little more than a week left […]

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Give us the news: Lynchpin hospital fee bill still under wraps

The dome as seen from the Legislative Building. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

“Senate Bill 267 will be laid over,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Kevin Lundberg. “We’ll begin with…” But the room wasn’t listening to him anymore. Nearly all of the reporters and lobbyists sitting arrayed before the committee members rose from their chairs and headed to the door. “Thank you for coming, everyone,” joked one of […]

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For what it’s worth, Caldara says he’s going forward on transportation initiative

Jon Caldara (Screen shot via The Independence Institute)

As news rippled around the Capitol on Thursday morning that the future of legislative leadership’s grand bargain transportation bill was growing dimmer by the hour, Jon Caldara snacked at the cafe across the street, scrolling through a list of transportation ballot initiatives filed Wednesday by the contracting community and that closely mirror teetering House Bill […]

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Transportation bill needs more work, says voice of Colorado truckers

The Colorado Motor Carriers Association, the voice of Colorado’s truckers, has something to say about House Bill 1242, the mega transportation bill. And that message is that it still needs a lot of work, even with the end of the legislative session is just three weeks away. After hearing the association’s president, Greg Fulton, articulate the […]

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Grantham on transportation bill: ‘There’s going to be some significant changes.’

The transportation bill the House passed two weeks ago will look a lot different when the state Senate gets done with it. That’s the word from Senate President Grantham on “The Ross Kaminsky Show” on TalkRadio 630 KHOW the other day. That sales tax hike we’ve been hearing so much, the one that’s going to […]

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Conservative group nudges — who else? — fellow Republicans to oppose transportation tax

What’s the old adage — lean hard on your enemies and on your friends, lean harder? OK, that’s not at all how it goes, but it sure fits politics well sometimes. The latest example: a campaign announced today by the conservative advocacy group Americans For Prosperity in opposition to the recently announced — and already much criticized […]

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