Year after year, Colorado lawmakers in both parties make finding money for road and transit projects a top priority only to see a big deal get downsized — or more often, collapse entirely.
“We are Charlie Brown and we are hoping we are going to get that football,” said state Rep. Matt Gray, a Broomfield Democrat. “We will see if we do or not, but we are not going to stop because the system we have right now is not sustainable and the problem gets harder to fix every year we don’t fix it.”
The optimism for a boost to the state’s transportation funding has returned ahead of the 2021 legislative session, and Gray said “it has more momentum now than we have seen in my three years of working on this.”
The proposal currently on the table would add a fee to the purchase of a gallon of gas. The levy would come on top of the state’s gas tax, which is 22 cents per gallon.
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