Letter to the editor: Vote yes on Proposition CC | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the editor: Vote yes on Proposition CC

Ryan Hyland
I-70 Coalition chairman

Colorado has the best economy in the country, but despite record corporate profits and tourism revenue, one in four roads are rated as being in poor condition and almost 500 bridges have been labeled “structurally deficient.” Colorado ranks as one of the worst states in road conditions and urban congestion, adding up to more than $500 per year, per person, in car repairs.

How are we the best economy with some of the most woefully inadequate roads and bridges? It started almost 30 years ago when voters narrowly approved what were — and still are — the most restrictive state spending limits in the country. When our economy shrinks, like other states, we reduce spending. But unlike other states, when our economy rebounds, we can’t invest the funds we already collect, instead delivering that money in the form of a small rebate to individual Coloradans.

These rebates are projected to average $27-$44 per person next year. Proposition CC is asking voters to pool these funds next year to the tune of $264 million for the state and likely more in years to follow. With one vote, we can untangle an outdated budget rule and invest the money the state already collects equally among transportation, K-12 education and higher education. That’s $88 million just next year, just for transportation.

Nobody’s taxes will go up under Proposition CC. These are taxes that already have been paid. This ballot measure won’t fix all of our roads, tunnels and bridges or eliminate Colorado’s education inequities, but it’s a big step forward.

With a yes vote on Proposition CC, with no new taxes, we can start fixing our bridges and roads.


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