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Colorado lawmakers’ grand bargain on transportation appears doomed

The Denver Post

April 20, 2017

The Colorado legislative session’s top priority, a major transportation bill that seeks a tax hike to improve and expand highways, is unlikely to win approval this term.

Senate President Kevin Grantham, a Cañon City Republican and one of the prime sponsors, announced Thursday morning that he does not have the votes to move it through the GOP-led chamber.

“At this point, we can’t count to three,” he said, describing the number of votes he needs to advance it through the Senate Finance Committee next week.

The bill sponsors continue to work to secure support, but Grantham did not express optimism that the vote total would shift. House Bill 1242 won approval in the Democratic-led House earlier this year but faced tougher obstacles in the Senate because it would ask voters for a 0.5 percent sales tax hike to generate money for a $3.5 billion bond package for roads.

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Colorado SB 272 TRANS II dies in Senate Third Reading 17-18

Ports-to-Plains Alliance joined other organizations in urging this No vote.  While the bill would have allowed bonding to accelerate projects in the Ports-to-Plains Corridor, Ports-to-Plains Alliance was concerned about the lack of a new revenue source to pay for the bonds.  The annual payments coming out of CDOT’s construction budget to repay this debt could have been up to $275 million. Concern about maintaining the entire statewide transportation system, especially in rural areas of Colorado, led to the decision to oppose.

Fact Sheet on Senate Bill 272 -- TRANS II