Colorado Senate to debate vehicle fee increase |

Colorado Senate to debate vehicle fee increase

DENVER, Colorado ” The Colorado state Senate is expected to vote Friday on two bills that affect transportation spending.

One would raise vehicle registration fees to pay for bridges and roads. The other would end budget rules that automatically funnel money to transportation during good economic times.

Democrats are rushing to pass the fee increase because they say it will create thousands of jobs.

The increases would be phased in over three years, ultimately costing owners of passenger cars and SUVs an extra $41 a year.

Backers of the budget rule change say the state needs more flexibility in spending its money, especially during the recession.

Republicans fear transportation will be neglected in the rush to fund safety net programs.

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