Nineteen times Colorado House Republicans strode to the well of the chamber to try to increase transportation funding in the state budget during a marathon House debate Thursday.

Nineteen times Democrats rebuffed them, saying the money they sought to cut from other departments couldn’t be pared.

And now, as the House prepares to give final approval as soon as Monday to the $26.8 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, it has left the Legislature with a stark decision: Pass the tax-hike-seeking House Bill 1242, wrap their arms around the complex Senate Bill 267 that generates less money for roads, or end the session without any progress on the crucial issue.

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