Colorado lawmakers prepare to return to the capitol for a new legislative session

Posted at 10:00 AM, Jan 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-08 12:00:20-05

DENVER -- Colorado lawmakers are returning to work this week.

On this week's Politics Unplugged, Republican Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert and Democratic House Majority Leader KC Becker joined Anne Trujillo to discuss the upcoming legislative session.

Among the topics: Construction defects and, of course, paying for highway improvements.

“The specifics aren’t worked out. All options are on the table,” Becker said during her interview. “It could be a few different potential sources. Maybe a sales tax. Maybe an income tax. The key thing is for us to find compromise, common ground between Republicans and Democrats and then let the voters decide if it’s something they want to support.”

“I think a standalone sales tax increase or income tax increase would be a real challenge for Republicans and in the Senate. I question that that would make it through,” Holbert responded. “One of the things that gives me confidence that we will find a solution is that there seems to be a positive reception to tax simplification and possibly repealing one or two other taxes.”


Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4 p.m. on Denver7.


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