Grantham and Baumgardner React to Setback for Road Fix

DENVER — Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) and Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs) released the following statements today after HB-1242 failed to pass the Senate Finance Committee.

Grantham:

When we started down this road, my goal was to put a bipartisan transportation package before voters that would help Colorado catch up on a road modernization backlog that cries out for prompt but thoughtful action. And while that goal thus-far has proved elusive, just as I repeatedly warned it might, the debate this bill generated will move us closer to finding the ultimate answer by clarifying what the major sticking points are.

The 71st General Assembly won’t complete its work until May 2018, so we’ll keep working on the issue, through this session and next, unless something is put on the ballot in the meantime that can win voter support. While I’m disappointed by this particular vote, I remain confident that the work we did on this issue won’t go to waste and will move us closer than we were before to the fix we all seek.    

Baumgardner:

No one said this was a perfect solution, or that it would have been an easy, slam-dunk sell to voters, but I believe the good in this proposal outweighed the bad and that acting now is far better than continually kicking this can down the road, while the backlog of neglected road work grows worse. So I’m disappointed that voters won’t have their say, yay or nay, after having an opportunity to weigh the pros and cons of this proposal in its totality.

Please direct any questions or interview requests to Sean Paige at 719-337-0355

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