Statement from Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft on Infrastructure Issues in Hickenlooper State of the State Speech
Centennial, Colo. – Jan. 12, 2017 – “Infrastructure is a priority for the members of Colorado Farm Bureau in 2017. Our aging transportation system needs significant updates, maintenance and improvements. Agriculture and many other key Colorado industries depend on having a workable transportation system that helps aide commerce and grow the economy. Increasingly, our transportation system is a hinderance.
“While the overall state budget has ballooned in the last 10 years with the expansion of Colorado’s economy and population growth, spending on roads, bridges and highways has remained flat. This must change, and we are pleased that Governor Hickenlooper shares our view.
“We echo the sentiments of Senate President Grantham and House Speaker Duran that we must start working to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. It’s an investment that makes sense for Colorado. It’s what our government needs to do to start chipping away at $9 billion in needed improvements.
“We are also encouraged by the Governor’s commitment to the expansion of rural broadband access. By connecting rural communities with the rest of the state, Colorado can better leverage its human capital and grow our economy.”
Colorado Farm Bureau is the state’s largest grassroots organization with more than 25,000 members across the state. CFB seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values.