On first day of 2018 legislative session, Colorado Republicans say they will fight for road funding

Minority Republicans in the Colorado House will fight for road funding without raising taxes, closely examine Medicaid spending and seek to cut government regulation.

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Minority Republicans in the Colorado House will fight for road funding without raising taxes, closely examine Medicaid spending and seek to cut government regulation.

That’s the word from Minority Leader Patrick Neville on Wednesday’s first day of the 2018 Colorado Legislative session.

Democrats have hinted that nearly $1 billion in unanticipated funds expected for the new budget year will be spent on a number of issues, including education.

Neville insists roads take priority — and that those funds be used to issue bonds to address a $9 billion transportation backlog, as well as new projects.

He says there’s no reason why nearly all of the new revenue shouldn’t go to widening highways, adding lane miles throughout the state and rebuilding traditional infrastructure.


More from Day 1 of the 2018 session: House Speaker Duran says Capitol culture must change, and legislators will review the Legislature’s sexual harassment policy.