Separate bipartisan proposals could raise the state sales tax and free money in the existing budget for roads, schools and health care.
Because of the Taxpayer Bill Of Rights and state law, school districts must levy wildly different tax rates.
First the deal has to get through the legislature, which the bill's sponsor says will take some work.
With the Colorado legislative session more than a third of the way over, negotiators are still hard at work on transportation funding and details are few.
Most of the money CDOT uses comes from the gas tax, which doesn’t generate revenue like it used to. So the department is exploring creative new ways to tap into drivers’ pockets.
The governor and legislative leaders from both parties are working on a tax plan to put before voters in November.
On the 2016 ballot: Amendment 72 would more than triple the tax on a pack of cigarettes, from $0.84 a pack to $2.59. Taxes on other tobacco products would also rise.
Will voters sharply raise the state’s tobacco tax? The money involved is more than just the $1.75 that would be added to a pack of smokes.