DENVER (CBS4) – Opponents of a $ 5.3 billion transportation finance bill take part in the vote. The bill includes $ 1.5 billion in general fund and stimulus money and $ 3.8 billion in new fees.
The fees would be linked to inflation each year. The companies that monitor the fees can also increase them at any time. That includes a gas fee that starts at 2 cents in 2024 and increases to 8 cents over the next decade. There’s a 30-cent charge for ridesharing like Uber and Lyft, a 27-cent charge for deliveries including grocery and Amazon purchases, a rental car charge, and an electric vehicle charge.
Most of the money generated by the bill goes into roads and bridges. There is also a significant investment in electric vehicles with subsidies for electric cars, trucks, buses and charging stations. The rest of the money goes to multimodal projects, air pollution reduction and rail transport on the front lines.
Opponents say the bill deals with both climate change and transportation. Jesse Mallory with Americans for Prosperity is working on an election move to cut the current gas tax and essentially eliminate the new gas fee.
“They talk about roads and bridges and get people to work. What they don’t talk about is they do all this EV infrastructure and all these other things that are on the backs of our poorest communities as we try to recover from a pandemic. We think that’s wildly unfair, ”said Mallory.
According to CDOT, the law can finalize its ten-year plan https://www.codot.gov/programs/your-transportation-priorities/your-transportation-plan, which includes hundreds of projects across the state. This includes widening Highway 270 and I-70 in Floyd Hill, repairing and rebuilding more than 300 km of country roads and modernizing the Eisenhower Tunnel.
Tony Milo of the Colorado Contractors’ Association supports the bill.
“We’ve spent the last ten years making the perfect the enemy of the good,” said Milo. “It’s never good enough, it’s never enough, it never goes to the right places, it’s never exactly what anyone wants. But that’s the nature of politics. The nature of politics is to compromise and do something to move the ball forward, and that is exactly what we see in this bill. “
The bill will certainly also face legal challenges. Opponents say it violates Proposition 117, which requires voter approval for certain large fee increases.