Denver -- Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs) reacted with disappointment Friday after a roadway revitalization bill, which already had bipartisan buy-in from the Transportation Legislation Review Committee, was summarily killed by Democrat leaders in a party-line vote in another committee, using transparently illegitimate procedural objections.
That Democrat maneuver returns Colorado to square one on the critically important issue of roadway maintenance and modernization, despite widespread public anger at the lack of action on transportation funding.
Baumgardner released the following statement in response to the vote:
"Today's action sends the message that Democrats don't really want to address the serious road maintenance backlog in Colorado, despite strong public sentiment that we need to do something about this issue. It is sad that Democrat leaders would rather exploit the issue for short-term political gain. We're here listening to the people of Colorado, who want something done on this issue, and the partisan divide continues to separate us on legislation that will help fix Colorado roads."
Senator Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City), a member of the Joint Budget Committee, also expressed disappointment at the turn of events. "The Democrats’ partisan maneuver today does not help move the general assembly forward to fix Colorado’s backlog of highway construction on the I-25 corridor and elsewhere. We had hoped for a more cooperative dialogue but this short-sighted action appears to be nothing less than a harbinger of a resurrected hyper-partisanship in the coming legislative session."
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