Just five days after 21 business groups from across Colorado asked the Legislature to dedicate at least $300 million a year in new money to transportation, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce has asked legislative leaders for just half that much.
The chamber says it wants as much road funding as possible, but isn’t sure how much is available to spend.
The letter seeking the same amount of money for transportation that Gov. John Hickenlooper requested in next year’s budget arrived in many legislators’ inboxes on the same day that Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, said that he will introduce a second proposal to ask voters for permission sell as much as $3.5 billion in bonds for highway improvements.
Leonard’s bill is very similar to Senate Bill 1, the Senate Republican effort introduced on the opening day of the legislative session next week, but it puts no money toward transit and sets start dates for construction.