The addition of Tuesday's ballot measures bring to five the number of citizen-initiated questions on the November ballot. Another six referred questions were submitted by the Colorado General Assembly.
The venerable Colorado Municipal League staked out the November ballot with a series of position papers this week. CML supports a sales tax for transportation, but not an opposing measure to require the legislature to fund transportation without raising taxes.
Colorado’s roads and bridges have fallen into disrepair. The state’s growing population, history of underfunding transportation, and bureaucratic inefficiency have had real consequences for the condition of our infrastructure. As a result, Colorado has a $9 billion funding gap and maintenance backlog. These costs will only continue to grow the longer we neglect our transportation needs.
In the nearly four years since we last had a gubernatorial election, some 300,000 individuals have moved into our state. If you’re among these 300,000, let me just say — welcome to Colorado. Our roads are terrible.