(May 8) – Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Faith Winter applauded the final passage tonight of a major transportation accord when the state Senate unanimously concurred with House amendments on the centerpiece achievement of the 2018 session — a multiyear Colorado transportation plan to relieve traffic congestion and support our state’s economic prosperity without jeopardizing education funding.
A bipartisan agreement was struck this week by Speaker Duran, Rep. Winter, Senate President Kevin Grantham, Sen. John Cooke and Senate Democrats on arguably the biggest transportation spending package in Colorado history. SB18-001 will invest $645 million in one-time transportation appropriations over the next two budget years followed by a 20-year investment of general fund money in bonds to reduce CDOT’s $9 billion projects backlog.
“Every Senate Republican, every Senate Democrat and every House Democrat voted to approve this desperately needed investment to relieve traffic congestion and support Colorado’s quality of life,” Speaker Duran said. “Every House Republican voted against it. The House Rs are not just out of step with what’s best for our state and our people, they are unanimously out of step.”
“After years of false starts and disappointments, we’ve pulled off a big win for Colorado,” said Rep. Winter, D-Westminster, the House sponsor of SB1. “We’re investing responsibly in our future without getting the state so deep in debt that it will have to slash key priorities like K-12 funding when the next recession comes.”
SB18-001 is headed to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper for his signature.