There is a reason voters refuse to raise taxes, or incur new debt, to fix the state’s substandard highways. They do not trust the Colorado Department of Transportation and the political class that oversees it.

A new report by the Office of the State Auditor offers a detailed basis to underscore their distrust.

Something just is not right, and taxpayers have sensed it for years. The transportation department fueled concerns three years ago when it spent nearly $200 million on new offices, while routinely telling the public the agency lacked funds for transportation maintenance, repairs and road enhancements.

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