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Colorado: Governor Talks Transportation

At an event organized by the Northern Colorado Economic Alliance this week, Governor Hickenlooper said transportation and health care will be the priorities of the 2018 legislative session. He voiced frustration that no health care bills survived this year’s session and said if “we all don’t give a little” health care will suck the money… Continue reading Colorado: Governor Talks Transportation

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Colorado: SB-267 Just a Drop in the Bucket

SB-267, “Sustainability of Rural Colorado,” a legislative compromise that solved the Hospital Provider Fee’s impact on the TABOR cap, will not solve Colorado’s transportation funding crisis. Over time the bill will generate $1.8 billion for transportation but 25 percent is slated for rural roads and 10 percent is dedicated to transit, leaving about $1 billion… Continue reading Colorado: SB-267 Just a Drop in the Bucket

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Colorado: Transportation Measures Fail

Several significant transportation funding measures were introduced this session but neither bill survived. HB-1242 “New Transportation Infrastructure Funding Revenue” was a bipartisan measure sponsored by the Senate President and the Speaker of the House, but it died in a Senate committee opposed to new taxes. The bill was widely supported by a diverse coalition of… Continue reading Colorado: Transportation Measures Fail

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Colorado: Bill to Reduce Carpooling Occupancy Requirements Passes Hearing

HB-1348, “Prohibit HOV Requirement on North I-25 Express Lanes,” would reverse CDOT’s new express lane policy, which requires three occupants (HOV-3) for free use of any new express lane on North I-25. Instead, the bill would make an express lane free for vehicles with two occupants. The problem with the bill, according to CDOT, is… Continue reading Colorado: Bill to Reduce Carpooling Occupancy Requirements Passes Hearing

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Colorado: Transportation Bill Dies in Senate Committee

The transportation bill sponsored by the Democratic Speaker of the House and the Republican Senate President died in the Senate Finance Committee on April 25. HB-1242 would have asked voters to approve a new .50 state sales tax and allowed the State to issue bonds in order to raise $3.5 million for transportation. CDOT would… Continue reading Colorado: Transportation Bill Dies in Senate Committee

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Colorado: Transportation Bill Moves to Senate

HB-1242 “Transportation Infrastructure Funding” had its first committee hearing in the Senate’s Transportation Committee on April 11. It passed out of the committee on a 3-2 vote but that could spell trouble for the bill. While HB-1242 is co-sponsored by the Senate President, a Republican, Senators John Cooke (Greeley) and Ray Scott (Grand Junction), voted… Continue reading Colorado: Transportation Bill Moves to Senate

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Colorado: Bi-Partisan Transportation Funding Proposal

Last week a bipartisan transportation funding bill was introduced. “New Transportation Infrastructure Funding” HB-1242 is sponsored by Senate President Kevin Grantham and House Speaker Crisanta Duran, Senate Transportation Committee Chair Randy Baumgardner and House Transportation Chair Diane Mitsch Bush. The bill would refer a ballot measure to the November election to ask voters to: 1)… Continue reading Colorado: Bi-Partisan Transportation Funding Proposal

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Colorado: Transportation Advocacy Becoming (too) Popular?

Fix North I-25/Fix Colorado Roads has been pushing for a new bonding program to fund key transportation projects for three years. Now other groups have joined the chorus, but there is no consensus on the most realistic transportation funding solution. While more transportation advocacy is good, multiple groups with multiple messages creates confusion, reducing the… Continue reading Colorado: Transportation Advocacy Becoming (too) Popular?

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Colorado: Leadership Working Towards Transportation Agreement

At an event last week sponsored by Fix Colorado Roads (NCLA’s transportation advocacy effort) and the Colorado Business Roundtable, CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt pushed for more state money for transportation saying, “You might be a Republican, you might be a Democrat, you might be an independent, but I think we can all agree that… Continue reading Colorado: Leadership Working Towards Transportation Agreement

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Colorado: Transportation Hot Topic at Capitol

NCLA and its business allies have succeeded in making transportation a top priority for the 2017 session, but that doesn’t mean the legislative leadership agrees on how to fund it. Democrats, led by Speaker Crisanta Duran like the idea of a new State sales tax. Republicans, led by Senate President Kevin Grantham insist any funding… Continue reading Colorado: Transportation Hot Topic at Capitol