Click to sign the Change.org petition to halt the privatization of US 36 and the $1 billion dollar sale of I-70.
Most importantly email or contact state lawmakers. Contact info below.
Key points from US 36 privatization contract summary and CDOT process:
(Click Here to for full CDOT HPTE contract summary document - search on terms revenue, compensation event)
Elected Colorado Senators and Representatives are:
Q: What are the most common CDOT false statements about the US 36 project?
A: CDOT is making many false statements to the public and elected officials. CDOT’s goal is to get the US 36 contract signed and end the exploding controversy as quickly as possible.
More than 37,000 people visited this website yesterday seeking the truth.
Below are the top 4 CDOT statements that are not accurate.
CDOT Lie #1)
There is no other possible, potential or feasible source of funding to upgrade US 36. The only choice Colorado has is to upgrade US 36 with this P3 deal with these contract terms.
And by the way, we at CDOT refuse to tell you how much, if any money, Australia’s Plenary Group is investing in US 36 to claim 50 years of profits.
Truth: The above is one lie + a withholding of information. Below are 4 sources of revenue that could jointly be used to finance US 36.
Together- the 4 pain-free measures above will generate enough revenue to keep US 36 and all Colorado public highways free of tolls. Colorado is a rich state and we do not have to sell our public highways to Wall Street Bankers and foreign toll road shareholders.
Observation A) CDOT is refusing to say how much Plenary is investing in US 36 in order to prevent this amount being replaced with public funding.
Observation B) It seems that CDOT has no interest in profits from US 36 being kept by the Colorado taxpayer
CDOT Lie #2)
Private sector money means US 36 is being completed 20 years faster than it could be with public sector money.
Truth: Once funding is available – the source of money for the project has no effect on speed of construction.
CDOT Lie #3)
The US 36 does not have a non-compete in it that will prevent Denver, Westminster, Superior or Boulder from upgrading roads or transit systems near US 36.
Truth: In the US 36 contract the “non-compete” clause is titled “Compensation Events” and requires 50 years of compensation for the construction of any Unplanned facility that impacts Plenary toll revenues on US 36.
(Source: page 32 of CDOT/HPTE contract summary)
An expert on non-compete contract clauses that benefit private toll road operators, Michael Cheroutes, now Director of the HPTE, was one of the financial masterminds of the E-470 toll road.
The E-470 toll road has non-compete clauses including agreements with the Cities of Aurora, Brighton, and Thornton, the Town of Parker, and Adams and Douglas Counties that provide, for at least fifteen years, these entities will not construct or improve any road (with certain pre-approved exceptions) that would reduce tolls collected on E-470.
In 2002, an E-470 non-compete clause with Commerce City lowered the speed limit on nearby Tower Road from 55 MPH to 40 MPH, and had stop lights installed on Tower Road at 96th, 104th, and 112th Avenues to force paid toll traffic onto E-470, a privately operated toll road. Cheroutes’ E-470 toll road has had a large impact in creating congestion on Denver public highways to force traffic onto the E-47 toll road.
HPTE Director Cheroutes is now paid $114,000 a year by the state of Colorado and $60,000 a year as a consultant for DIA.
Cheroutes was recently interviewed by the Reason Foundation on the success of privatizing Colorado state assets.
Read Michael Cheroutes Reason Foundation interview here
The Reason Foundation has received millions in funding from the Koch Brothers to hasten the privatization of public assets to increase private profits.
Read more about the Reason Foundation here
CDOT Lie #4
Once the contract is signed in February, the public and lawmakers can review it, CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said. The contract can be amended if needed.
Source Denver Post, January 23, 2014 – Click here to view article “Petition demands statehouse review of 50-year U.S. 36 management deal”
Let us state this clearly – Amy Ford is lying on behalf of CDOT and Plenary Group.
Democracy requires truthful public officials. Because CDOT’s Amy Ford is lying to the public as evidenced above and below, the people of Colorado call upon Colorado lawmakers to immediately fire Amy Ford and suspend signing of the US 36 contract.
15. Compensation Events, Relief Events, Force Majeure and Qualifying Change in Law
(*contract amendment requires 50 years of toll compensation once contract is signed. There is no breaking this half century contract.)
15.3 (xiii) An order issued by a Governmental Authority or judicial authority having
jurisdiction over the Project preventing the Concessionaire or HPTE from
performing its obligations or exercising its rights under this Contract;
(Source: page 34 of CDOT/HPTE contract summary)
The Colorado Senate and House MUST STRIP the ability of the state privatization board (HPTE) to sign this contract without the consent of elected officials.
An emergency legislative session in the next 3 days must remove HPTE signing authority.
Once the HPTE signs the 50 year contract, it becomes illegal for the state of Colorado to modify the contract or US 36 without paying 50 years of toll revenue.
The time for action is NOW! Elected lawmakers will only act if the public demands ACTION. Remember- the next election is this fall. There are viable public US 36 finance options.
Please, take 5 minutes to call or email your elected Colorado Senator and Representative. REMEMBER – this is an ELECTION year!
No action means that you will pay tolls and lose control of YOUR public highways for the next 50 years. Please, take action for yourself and your children.
TONIGHT! ATTEND THE Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) public meetings next week to discuss the public-private partnership on the US 36 Express Lanes project and answer questions about key contract elements for the 50-year agreement with Plenary Roads Denver. (DSI Note-) This is an Election Year.
Television and print reporters will be in high attendance.
If you care about the future of Colorado public highways you must attend tonight and bring friends. Or US 36 will be privatized for the next 50 years.
At this CDOT meeting you can let Governor Hickenlooper and your state elected representatives know what you think about privatization and new toll lanes on US 36, I-70, C-470 and C-470 Colorado public highways:
Thurs, Feb. 13, 2014 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
550 S McCaslin, Louisville, Colorado (old Sam’s Club) **Note: location change to allow more space
If possible please take a minute to RSVP by clicking here. It is fine to come without an RSVP but a tally of numbers will be helpful.
If you RSVP we will also be able to stay in touch with you to plan strategy.
Please copy and paste to email the Colorado state Senators and House Representatives below. Ask the Senators to strip the privatization board, HPTE of its ability to sign the 50-year US 36 privatization contract. Our elected officials must be able to read the contract, talk to their constituents and decide if this is a good deal for Colorado
Colorado Senators and Representatives that support a 60 day public review of the US 36 50-year contract (Colorado is incredibly grateful for these lawmakers):
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Please email info@DriveSunShine.org if you are a lawmaker that supports a 60 day hold on the US 36 privatization contract and we will update the above list. Thank you for your service.
Email Governor Hickenlooper. Governor Hickenlooper has appointed 4 of the 7 HPTE privatization board commissioners.
Click here to write Governor Hickenlooper to ask him to have his 4 HPTE commissioners recommend a 60 day hold on signing the US 36 privatization contract.
CDOT makes the false claim that privatization is the only source of money for upgrading Colorado Highways. Privatization is like a high interest credit card loan. The state of Colorado gets quick upfront cash, then has to pay high interest and profits to foreign toll road firms and Wall Street bankers for the next 50 years. Public Finance options for US 36 include:
Together- the 4 pain-free measures above will keep Colorado public highways free of tolls. Colorado is a rich state and we do not have to sell our public highways to Wall Street Bankers and foreign toll road shareholders.
The Boulder based Drive SunShine Institute (DSI) is considering a 2014 ballot initiative to make it illegal to privatize state assets without getting approval from Colorado voters.
If you support this ballot initiative please email us at: info@DriveSunShine.org
After you email your senators and representatives- please sign the petition to stop the privatization of US 36 from Denver to Boulder, Colorado
You can also write a letter to the editor of the Denver Post or your local paper.
Make a safe and secure donation to the Drive SunShine Institute, non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado.
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ATTEND CDOT Privatization Town Halls this week.
CDOT AND HPTE TO HOST PUBLIC MEETINGS ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR US 36 EXPRESS TOLL LANES PROJECT
Public meetings held in Westminster and Louisville this week
BOULDER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) will host two public meetings next week to discuss the public-private partnership on the US 36 Express Lanes project and answer questions about key contract elements for the 50-year agreement with Plenary Roads Denver. (DSI Note-) This is an Election Year. The public is encouraged to attend one of the following meetings and to let Governor Hickenlooper and your state elected representatives know what you think about privatization and new toll lanes on Colorado public highways:
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
The Louisville Recreation Center, Crown Room
900 W. Appia, Louisville, CO 80027
Livio Bognuda jr WHEAT RIDGE, CO about 1 hour ago
It is wrong to privatize public roads without public consent.
Ian Scheuermann BOULDER, CO about 4 hours ago
I drive on highway 36 to get to work. I do not want it to be a toll road.
Matthew Cooper SUPERIOR, CO about 4 hours ago
The roads are supported by taxes from the people. The road is the peoples not the states to sell. This is an outrage and I am appalled with my states representatives lack of action.
Ryan Sapp BOULDER, CO about 4 hours ago
I use US-36 over 200 miles per week. We cannot allow a private company to operate our public roads.
Matthew Hardy COVINGTON, TN about 5 hours ago
This is in direct conflict with what this country is founded on. Privatization of government run services creates a profit motive more than what already exists. The citizens of the U.S. demand that our voices be heard. WE DO NOT LIKE BEING LIED TO, BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF, MONITORED, OR CONTROLLED.
YOU WORK FOR US SO KEEP THAT IN MIND
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Colorado Highways are being privatized at a breathtaking pace.
It is a masterful heist of public assets- the people of Colorado do not even know that this is happening.
Watch this video from Texas to find out why you should be alarmed.
Ken Beitel, clean energy analyst & Advisory Board Chair, Drive SunShine Institute (DSI)
ph: 720 436-2465 email: Ken.Beitel@DriveSunShine.org
Websites: www.Drivesunshine.org Website: Friends of Colorado – sign the Change.org petition
The attached letter signed by14 members of the Colorado General Assembly was sent to the stakeholders of the U.S. 36 reconstruction project on Jan 30th 2014. Signatories include Senators Jones, Heath, Tochtrop, Ulibarri, and Senate President Morgan Carroll, Representatives Foote, Hullinghorst, Becker, Peniston, Kraft-Tharp, Salazar, Primavera, Singer, Moreno. (click to view law maker’s letter)
CDOT — HPTE
SUMMARY OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE CONCESSION AGREEMENT
January 24, 2014
(a) Compensation Events mean:
(x) A Change in Law that results in the imposition of new or added federal, State or local taxes on Tolls and gross Toll receipts save to the extent that, at the time such Change in Law comes into effect the Concessionaire has achieved a specified level of internal rate of return;
(xi) The construction and operation of an Unplanned Revenue Impacting Facility;
(xiii) An order issued by a Governmental Authority or judicial authority having jurisdiction over the Project preventing the Concessionaire or HPTE from performing its obligations or exercising its rights under this Contract;
(xiv) Any delay in the timely issuance of a Necessary Consent that is caused by the imposition of a moratorium by or on the issuing Governmental Authority relating to the acceptance or processing of applications or the issuance of Necessary Consents generally; and
——— Suppression of US 36 Toll Protests (Page 2)
1.4 If the Concessionaire is able to demonstrate to HPTE’s reasonable satisfaction there are
protestors or trespassers that are having a material adverse effect on the conduct of the
Phase 2 Work, the delivery of the Services or the collection of Toll Revenues that Concessionaire is unable to mitigate, then HPTE will evaluate whether HPTE or CDOT can lawfully provide any assistance in relation to the removal of the protesters or trespassers that is not independently available to Concessionaire and, to the extent that such assistance can be lawfully provided, HPTE shall or shall cause CDOT to provide such assistance to the extent it is, in the discretion of HPTE, reasonable and appropriate in the circumstances to do so