(April 25) – Speaker Crisanta Duran released a statement today after the vote in the Republican-controlled Senate Finance Committee that killed HB17-1242, the bipartisan proposal for a comprehensive, statewide plan to repair Colorado’s roads and address the pressing transportation needs of our growing state.

Here is her statement:

“While I am disappointed by today’s outcome, I am hopeful that House Bill 1242 has started a conversation that must continue if we are going to have a transportation system that keeps us out of traffic jams and helps Colorado businesses generate jobs for our people.

“The people of Colorado expect us to have the courage to tackle difficult problems, and I thank my coprime sponsors – President Grantham, Senator Baumgardner and Representative Mitsch Bush – for their leadership and effort on this especially hard problem. I also thank the members of the House and Senate, from both sides of the aisle, and the hundreds of local business and civic leaders around the state who lent their support to this crucial piece of legislation.

“Collaboration and problem solving should always be more important than politics. I pledge to continue to seek transportation solutions that help us remain economically competitive and support our superb quality of life.”

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