The Pueblo Chieftain: House should follow Senate’s lead on roads
Author: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial Board - April 17, 2018 - Updated: April 17, 2018
Democrats in the state House hold the key to whether the state’s rough roads get a one-time $495 million shot in the arm or a 20-year $5.25 billion funding plan that would help the state catch up on a backlog of maintenance and new construction.
We hope they’ll take some direction from their Democratic colleagues in the Senate who joined Republicans in a 35-0 vote on a transportation funding compromise that sets aside $250 million a year in general fund dollars for roads through 2039. The plan makes use of a $1.3 billion budget surplus by committing $495 million in general fund money this year to state highways.