The bad news is that Colorado Democratic Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran and Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham shared no new information Tuesday night at the north Denver ICOSA Event Center about the progress of high-stakes negotiations at the Capitol over state transportation funding.
The good news is that the vision of the two leaders sharing a stage and a vocabulary and many of the same goals for the ongoing talks was surely reassuring to the audience of business and economic leaders in attendance, all of whom are hoping desperately that a deal will be struck at the Legislature this year to raise billions in funding to upgrade the state’s crowded and crumbling roads and bridges.
The event, hosted by the Fix Colorado Roads coalition and the Colorado Business Roundtable, has generated buzz for weeks. Moderators asked soft questions and told polite jokes. Staffers readied craft beer and snack platters for a post-panel mixer. Attendees hoped a breakthrough — large or small, scripted or unscripted — might emerge under the stage lights in the friendly room. But it was to no avail.