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BY SENATOR(S) Cairns, Arnold, Entz, Epps, Evans, Hillman, May, Musgrave,
Taylor, and Tupa.
CONCERNING THE OPTIMIZATION OF TRANSPORTATION
WHEREAS, Colorado motorists currently pay state and federal motor fuel taxes for each gallon of fuel they purchase; and
WHEREAS, A significant portion of that total motor fuel tax is sent to the federal government in Washington, D.C. and deposited into the Highway Trust Fund pursuant to the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991; and
WHEREAS, The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) mandated that states receive no less than a 90.5% return on those motor fuel taxes in the form of formula and discretionary funds from Congress; and
WHEREAS, Congress will revisit and revise TEA 21 by October 2003; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-third General Assembly of the State of Colorado:
(1) That the Senate of the state of Colorado hereby encourages Colorado's Congressional delegation to advocate an approach that maintains or increases the 90.5% rate of return that Colorado receives on motor fuel tax revenues generated within the state.
(2) That the Senate of the state of Colorado hereby encourages Colorado's Congressional delegation to maximize opportunities to secure discretionary funding to improve and enhance Colorado's transportation infrastructure.
(3) That the Senate of the state of Colorado hereby encourages the General Assembly and the United States Congress, the state and federal Departments of the Treasury, the state and federal Departments of Transportation, and any other state and federal executive branch agencies responsible for preparing, monitoring, or distributing fiscal information used to calculate the distribution of federal fuel tax revenues to the state of Colorado to work to reconcile and standardize any such fiscal information in a manner that maximizes the amount of revenues that are available under any revisions to TEA 21 to the state of Colorado to assist in providing needed highway and beltway superstructures that accommodate the state's front range rapid population growth.
(4) That the Senate of the state of Colorado hereby encourages Colorado's Congressional delegation, when Congress revisits and revises TEA 21 for new roads in Colorado, to work for changes that return or keep all of Colorado's fuel tax dollars.
(5) That the Senate of the state of Colorado hereby encourages Colorado's Congressional delegation, when Congress revisits and revises TEA 21, to work to eliminate federal mandates, sanctions, and restrictions that limit the powers of the states and local governments to accomplish their individual transportation needs and reduce federal oversight and reporting requirements.
Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Resolution be sent to the members of Colorado's Congressional delegation.
Stan Matsunaka Karen Goldman
PRESIDENT OF SECRETARY OF
THE SENATE THE SENATE