Vehicle fee increase heads to full Senate in Denver |

Vehicle fee increase heads to full Senate in Denver

DENVER, Colorado ” A proposal to raise vehicle registration fees to pay for road and bridge repairs is headed to the full Senate in Denver for debate and a vote.

The Senate Appropriations Committee backed the Democratic measure on a 6-4 party-line vote Tuesday.

Democrats say the state needs more money to repairs highways and bridges. They also say thousands of jobs will be created by the construction projects.

Republicans are worried about raising fees during a recession and want the state to focus on fixing the bridges most urgently in need of repairs.

Owners of passenger cars and many SUVs would pay an extra $32 this year and $41 the following year. After that, the fee would automatically increase with inflation.

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