Our relentless pursuit of better roads in Colorado continues. This week we spent time on the phone with the Acting Director of the Federal Highway Administration, continued to cajole the Governor’s office, and offered an amendment to a critical state budget bill to redirect $129,000,000 in already collected taxes to road expansion and bridge work.
The Relentless Pursuit of Directing Already Paid Taxes to Roads
In response to our letter to the newly sworn head of the US Department of Transportation, Secretary Elaine Chao arranged a phone call for us with the Acting Head of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Butch Waidelch this week.
Productive Talks with the Acting Head of the Federal Highway Administration
We are now in discussion about methods for the Colorado and Federal transportation departments to identify redundanceis and potential delays in road improvement planning prompted by environmental regulation. The FHWA reports the new administration has brought a new approach to such issues and the opportunity for progress is substantial. Effort to place individuals into key roles to enable decisions and action are underway. Waidelch said, it is still "early in the process."
Parallel conversations with the Governor’s office and CDOT continue.
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -Thomas Jefferson
We were in "the well," the microphone and podium in the Colorado House, once again this week, fighting against the idea that government is the solution to all problems. Far too often, not only is government not the answer, it becomes the problem.
With ten days left until the end of session, we continue to fight for Smaller Government & Freer People. Thank you for staying engaged.