Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham touted passage of two other bills that had divided their parties for years.
Republicans on the Senate Finance committee voted 3-2 to kill the bipartisan tax bill aimed at securing infrastructure funding.
Separate bipartisan proposals could raise the state sales tax and free money in the existing budget for roads, schools and health care.
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.
When the Denver Democrat was first elected to the state House, she was the youngest Latina. Now she's its first Latina speaker.
The following are the prepared remarks of Kevin Grantham, Senate President, on the opening day of the 7st Colorado General Assembly.
House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate President Kevin Grantham tell us about the issues and challenges they expect in the legislative session that opens Wednesday.