January 15 2009, 10:39 AM
Governor Bill Ritter joined with state lawmakers yesterday to propose a solution to Colorado's "quiet crisis," a lack of transportation funding, and with it a decline in gritty, yet economically crucial, road and bridge construction jobs. That's according to theÂ Denver Business Journal, which notes the Democratic governor seeks to raise about $250 million to improve the state's aging and, in many places, ailing infrastructure. But it'sÂ gonna cost drivers, notesÂ The Denver Post. Motorists would pay anÂ extra $30 to $40 per year in vehicle-registration fees. Of course, the fee schedule is really much more complex. Ritter anticipates that the plan will be supported by both Democrats and Republicans. No Republicans stood with him during a news conference, however, as theÂ Rocky Mountain NewsÂ notes. Meanwhile, the City and County of Denver is encouraging its employees to bike to work as part of a new loaner program, reportsÂ CBS4.