Transportation debate breaks down

By Ed Sealover

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL

While Republicans and Democrats in the Colorado Legislature say that increasing transportation funding is a priority, a bill to sell as much as $3.5 billion in bonds will enter its first hearing Tuesday as a very partisan piece of legislation.

While Republicans say Senate Bill 1 is necessary to prioritize road funding and to tackle a lack of infrastructure money that has festered for too long, Democrats say the bill improperly mortgages away the future of the state and imperils future funding for areas like education and health care. Both Democrats on the Senate Transportation Committee that is slated to convene a 2 p.m. hearing say they are likely to vote against the measure, and while its passage from the Republican-majority Senate is likely, its success in the Democrat-led House is very much in question.

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