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Road work


We can remember when state transportation officials said the four laning of Highway 9 from Frisco to Breckenridge would cost about $60 million and take 30 years to complete.Now, the rough estimate is up to $90 million, give or take, and nobody is saying it won’t still take 20 years.Still, regional state transportation director Jeff Kullman knows how money can come and go, and he wants to be ready when it comes. For that reason, he is putting under design the four laning of the section of Highway 9 from Valley Brook Drive to Tiger Run Resort.Projects ready to go are the best candidates for funding, Kullman said.We make this point because Gov. Bill Owens is proposing budget relief from the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) amendment to the state Constitution. If his plan passes the Legislature, it would allocate $100 million extra dollars to roads. Voters would have to approve the whole relief package this November.As we’ve said before, under the current law, taxpayers are getting refunds while roads and other state needs go wanting, and in the next four years, special interest tax credits kick in to take 73 cents of every $1 of potential refund money.Either way, it’s a bad deal that needs changing. TABOR budget issues are complicated and mind-numbing, but when you sit in traffic or see tuition bills go up because of them, they become relevant.

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