The Aurora Sentinel: Hardly the best route to improving Colorado roads, Senate Bill 1 is the only way forward for now — pass it
Author: The Aurora Sentinel Editorial Board - April 16, 2018 - Updated: April 16, 2018
At long last, a dubious compromise among state lawmakers may offer Colorado a way to get back on the road to improving everyone’s increasingly miserable commutes.
Funding transportation improvements has been a vexing task in Colorado for many reasons, chief among them has been Republicans’ unwillingness to ask voters for money. For years, some GOP in the House and Senate have maintained that Colorado has the money to fix and expand state roads and bridges. Democrats have said no excess funds exist.
They’re right on this one. More than all of Colorado revenues are already spoken for. Republicans who suggest otherwise have never shown any credible data nor plan that would put more money into roads without cutting it elsewhere. Putting more cash toward the state’s $9 billion shortfall would mean taking the money from either public schools or Medicaid.