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Business coalition will not seek road-tax hike from voters in 2017

Denver Business Journal

June 8, 2017

Transportation advocates will not ask voters to raise taxes for roads and transit this year, but will keep their business-centric coalition together with an eye on putting a proposed funding measure on the 2018 Colorado ballot.

Tony Milo, executive director of the Colorado Contractors Association, said the decision came down to two primary factors.

First, the ballot initiatives that have received title approval for the 2017 ballot did not contemplate the late-session passage by the Legislature of Senate Bill 267, which directed $1.88 billion to transportation. Second, the coalition put most of its efforts into trying to pass a failed legislative bill that would have directed such a sales-tax increase to the ballot, and they were too far behind on getting signatures needed to qualify for this election.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB 267 on May 30.

“We are staying together, we are continuing to do public education and we are setting our sights toward 2018,” Milo said Wednesday.

Read on...


Infrastructure funding is big issue

Tony Milo, executive director of the Colorado Contractors Association, knows something about the costs of infrastructure projects and tight budgets.

“We’re working on dollars from 1991-1992,” he said, “but our population has grown.”

The state saw a jump from 27 billion to nearly 50 billion vehicle miles traveled each year, he said, which takes a harsh toll on roads that can’t easily be maintained.

“Our funding system we have right now is not sustainable,” he said. “We all realize there’s a problem, and we want to work together to find a solution. Voters are starting to realize this is a problem.”

Fort Morgan Times

October 16, 2015

Some big wigs in transportation recently visited Fort Morgan and had a frank discussion about theissues and changes the state, companies and drivers are facing or soon will face on the road.

Colorado Transportation Commissioner Kathy Gillilandmoderated the transportation panel discussionat the Progressive 15 Fall Conference. She is no stranger to Fort Morgan, having held town hall listening tour stops here.

“The idea is to balance transportation and funding,” she said, “not just in the metro area, but across the state.”

Of course, that’s a lot easier to say than to accomplish,she acknowledged.   Read on...