PARKER, CO – Leadership means doing what’s right, even when it’s unpopular. Financing our aging transportation system will take strong advocates that are willing to put Colorado’s economic potential ahead of short-term, palatable fixes.
It’s estimated that it’ll cost $8.6 billion to address state highways in need of full reconstruction. Unfortunately, federal funding for transportation is likely to fall, and it’s up to states to fill the gap.
In “Raising gas taxes would stabilize highway funds,” The Denver Post editorial board makes a compelling case for increasing gas taxes. Leaders in Wyoming, Virginia, Maryland and other states have started similar conversations. It’s a dialogue that’s too quiet here in Colorado.
Colorado’s leaders understand that transportation is in trouble, but we must make the decision now to educate our neighbors and persuade them that a 21st century transportation system is essential. The solutions are there, if inspired advocates take up the challenge.
Melissa Osse is the executive director of Move Colorado.