DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Democrat-led House has passed a transportation bill over objections from Republicans who oppose a proposed state sales tax hike.

Other Republican lawmakers demanded transparency in what will be built with the $3.5 billion in bonds that the bill would finance.

Four Republicans did join Democrats in sending the bill Friday to the Senate by a 41-24 vote.

The bill would, in part, ask voters to raise the state sales tax from 2.9 percent to 3.5 percent. The Colorado Department of Transportation would get $375 million a year for 20 years for new projects.

Republican Rep. Polly Lawrence objected to that fixed dollar amount, noting its impact will diminish over time. She’s noted that construction costs outpace consumer inflation and will eat away at what CDOT can do.

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  1. Are we going the same avenue of California?? Use the danged tax money from the marijuana industry to fix the roads! How about NOT trying to be a sanctuary state and bankrupting us like CA. Colorado has a fast growing illegal alien population of about 270,000 persons, and the fiscal burden on Coloradans resulting from public services used by that population amounts to nearly $1.1 billion per year — that’s a burden of about $520 per native-born headed household. In addition, there is a cost to the state’s economy of roughly $730 million to $1 billion resulting from remittances sent abroad rather than invested in the local economy. AMERICA FIRST!

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