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Colorado communities say transportation top priority

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Groups representing 59 Colorado counties and 37 cities and towns want Gov. Bill Ritter and lawmakers to make transportation funding the top priority in the 2009 legislative session.

The groups said in a Nov. 19 letter to Ritter and legislators that transportation funding has declined for more than a decade in part because of inflated construction costs. They say the state can no longer maintain the status quo and “highways and bridges are crumbling.”

Club 20, representing 22 western Colorado counties, says it supports a state blue-ribbon panel’s work on transportation funding.

Ritter has said the state’s new transportation budget could be slashed by one-third because gasoline tax revenue is down. Most of the highway funding comes from the 22-cent per gallon gas tax.

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