After tax hike, bond measures’ defeat, Colorado transportation projects in slow lane

The message voters sent was that Colorado need not go into debt or raise taxes to fund needed improvements and maintenance to its transportation infrastructure, according to Caldara. The state has surplus funds that could meet Colorado’s long-term transportation needs, if the new Democratic governor and the newly elected Democratic majorities in the state legislature want to do so.

“I just don’t think that the soon-to-be progressive majority in both houses and the governor’s office are going to spend that money on roads,” he said, adding that it’s more likely those funds would get swallowed up on dependency programs, such as Medicaid expansion.

Colorado lawmakers should concentrate on a pay-as-you-go system to fix and improve roads and bridges, according to Caldara.

“I don’t think it’s necessary to borrow and pay it back,” he said. “I think the voters were pretty clear. That’s not what they want.”