Traffic, housing costs, retirement funds take spotlight

By Ellis Arnold


Democrats recently remarked that Colorado has “no shortage of unmet needs” — a comment that elicited a sardonic tone from Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock — and the 2018 legislative session, with its kickoff Jan. 10, is shaping up to bear out that claim.

Which needs it will meet is a different story.

Lawmakers will be pressed to find solutions for a state with a ballooning population clogging roads, an underfunded retirement-fund program and housing costs through the roof. With roughly $300 million projected in previously unforeseen revenues — a prediction that may double — the state has a small bit of breathing room to signal where its priorities lie.

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