The special interests haven't been getting their way through the normal, established, democratic process ... so now they are attempting to use government and corporate power to change the rules.
It appears that the good ol' boy club on the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners have drafted legislation to create a whole new government institution to ram through the tollway plan. Of course, the commissioners have the support of the government oligarchy in Arvada and pave-over-the-world corporate developers. Rumor has it that they have persuaded a couple of their political toadies in the state legislature to introduce this as a last-minute bill.
Local control over tollways, highways, roads through your city -- forget about it.
Government needs your property for the project -- they'll have the power to take it.
You want your neighborhood open space protected -- too bad for you.
Foreign control of 'public-private' infrastructure -- whatever it takes.
That's the kind of totalitarian power that would be granted to the 'Beltway Completion Authority' in the draft legislation.
This kind of 'bipartisan' heavy-handed maneuver is precisely why so many Americans -- liberals, conservatives, independents -- have a deepening contempt for politicians and government.
The Arvada-sponsored tollway plan, that the creation of the 'Beltway Completion Authority' is supposed to facilitate, has been demonstrated time and time again as unnecessary to relieve traffic congestion. It is not a completion of the metro beltway because it does not connect to either the Northwest Parkway nor C-470; and furthermore, it is obvious that the real purpose of this tollway is to gin-up activity for more Arvada residential development on the southern border of the former Rocky Flats nuclear trigger factory.
The positive take on this latest plot to legislatively fashion a super government agency to jam this tollway into our wallets is that Arvada, Jeffco, Broomfield governments and the developers must be desperate if they feel they need to attempt this kind of over-the-top power grab.
If this bill makes it to the floor of either or both the state House and state Senate it will be quite revealing of the characters of those who vote for or against it. Republicans who vote 'yes' will show their praise for local control and talk of 'limited' government is just that: talk. Democrats who say 'aye' will illustrate that their commitment to 'green economy' and participatory government is hollow in the face of entrenched, elite power and corporate pressure.
My final warning: Beware Colorado citizens and taxpayers -- the legislature is still in session!
Find here the communication from Golden elected officials and a copy of the draft legislation.