Colorado business groups will push for tax hike for roads
A coalition of business groups on Friday announced it will gather signatures to put a measure on the ballot.
The proposal would raise sales taxes by .62 percent to pay off $6 billion in transportation bonds. With interest, they would cost taxpayers $9.4 billion over 20 years.
Voters will have other options to choose from.
One measure offered for this November’s ballot by the conservative Independence Institute would borrow $3.5 billion for roads without new taxes.
Another plan referred by the state Legislature will appear on the 2019 ballot if the others aren’t approved. It would borrow $2.34 billion without new taxes.
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Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon may be closed intermittently Wednesday through the weekend, as highway crews break down and remove boulders and patch potholes caused by Tuesday’s rock slide.