- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A last-minute bill to ask Colorado voters to approve a $3.5 billion bond issue for underfunded highways has advanced in the Senate.

The bill was rushed through two GOP-led committees Thursday before the late floor vote. It moves to the Democrat-led House after one more Senate vote, a formality.

The bill is seen as a GOP response to Democrat-led efforts to loosen state spending limits set by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

Republicans favor bonding, not new taxes, to pay for critically needed road improvements.

Transportation officials says they need $1 billion more than they have every year to improve - not just maintain - Colorado’s aging highway infrastructure.

Democrats objected that the bill doesn’t include funds for mass transit and non-roadway transit needs.

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Senate Bill 16-210: http://bit.ly/1Ybv

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