TRANSPORTATION – Colorado is a popular place to live. Around 100,000 people have been moving to our state every year for the last 10 years, but our roads have not been keeping up. More and more of us are spending more time in traffic and less time with our families as a result.
There has been significant bipartisan agreement to increase transportation funding in recent legislative sessions.
In the 2019 legislative session I supported bipartisan legislation to increase transportation funding by $100 million while keeping the budget balanced. This funding will support improvements to state highways as well as county and city roads (SB19-207 and SB19-262 – signed into law).
In the 2018 legislative session I supported major bipartisan legislation to increase transportation funding by $645 million over the next two years while keeping our budget balanced (SB18-001 – signed into law.) $495 million in additional transportation funding started going to work on priority transportation projects around the state as of July 1, 2018. The final $150 million became effective July 1, 2019.
In addition to the above, I also supported bipartisan legislation in the 2017 session to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into transportation, again without increasing taxes. (SB17-267 – signed into law.)
A portion of this funding goes to transit systems like RTD because we need to invest in all the ways people get around, including cars, trains, and buses.