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Looks like your car fees are going up, Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” The Colorado House approved a plan on Wednesday that would raise car registration fees to pay for road and bridge repairs.

Under the Senate Bill 108, owners of cars and SUVs would pay an extra $32 the first year, $36.50 the second year and $41 the third year. The bill now goes to the Senate to review House amendments.

Rep. Joe Rice, D-Littleton, said the bill will protect as many as 8,000 jobs over the next year and create tens of thousands of new ones. He said the bill would also enable the state to repair and rebuild 126 dangerous bridges and rutted roads.

“This bill saves jobs, this bill creates jobs, it fixes bridges,” Rice told his colleagues, who voted 34-31 and sent it back to the Senate.

Rep. Cindy Acree, R-Aurora, said taxpayers are worried that the state will set up toll roads on major highways that they use every day to get to work.

“These roads were paved with tax dollars already,” she said.

Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, said Republicans twice asked the state Department of Transportation to specify which bridges and roads will be fixed and they haven’t received an answer.

Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, said the new fees would hit farmers and ranchers hard because they often have a large number of vehicles. He said one farmer vowed to buy one plate and switch it among his 15 vehicles.

“We are forcing good citizens to go to extremes,” he said.

The House also passed another bill to create jobs, the governor’s plan to offer incentives for new businesses that create new jobs.

Rice said House Bill 1001 is different from other tax incentives because it would require companies to prove that they would have located elsewhere without it.

Opponents said companies have a laundry list of goals when they choose to relocate and there is no way to know if the incentives were the key factor.

That bill now goes to the Senate.

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