Our infrastructure problem in Colorado is a sad example of government losing track of its purpose: serving the taxpayers of our state.
Failing infrastructure impacts all of us in Colorado, from the Eastern Plains, through the Front Range, to the Western Slope. Numerous studies show that deficiencies in our infrastructure cost Colorado drivers almost $7 billion per year. Our transportation gridlock amounts to a hidden tax on all Coloradans, and fixing this issue is of the utmost importance, not only to our overall quality of life, but also to our state economy as a whole.
As Governor, I will demand results from the Department of Transportation (CDOT).
Our gas tax revenues have increased by over 30 percent since 1999. We should re-bond a portion of our gas tax revenue, as was accomplished successfully in 1999 without increasing Coloradans’ taxes by a dime. This simple fix will allow us to complete big projects, today, providing meaningful relief to the congestion we are all facing.
CDOT has refused to make tough decisions to find room in their budget for ongoing maintenance, and keeps attempting to return to the taxpayers for more of your hard-earned dollars. As your Governor, I will remind CDOT that they work for you, and make them find the money in their existing budget.
Solving big problems takes big solutions, and I will restore transparency and accountability to CDOT to ensure our tax dollars are being properly spent on projects for taxpayers, not special interests and bureaucrats.