Lewis Hamilton describes personal driving fashion which has uncanny resemblance to Max Verstappen | F1 | Sport

Lewis Hamilton described his driving style in a way that is eerily similar to his title rival Max Verstappen. The duo took part in a competition for the ages in 2021 before the Dutchman finally prevailed and took the crown in Abu Dhabi.

It was a controversial season, no more than the final at Yas Marina.

In footage that has been replayed around the world, Verstappen was given a lifeline with one lap to go when FIA Race Director Michael Masi contentiously brought the couple bumper to bumper.

The Red Bull man prevailed in an exciting duel on fresher tires and won his first world title in the process.

Hamilton and the Mercedes garage were stunned, and understandably so, considering that they had been comfortably driving for most of the race.

Since then, not much has been heard from Hamilton, and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff then refused to rule out the resignation of the Briton.

But fans are invariably hoping that both Verstappen and Hamilton will return for the 2022 season, with the pair’s heated fights leading to blockbuster viewers.

And although they did not always agree, the description of the Mercedes man’s own driving style suggests a striking similarity.

When asked to describe his driving style, from the PETRONAS Motorsport On YouTube channel he replied simply: “Aggressive.”

Throughout the 2021 season, many would have attributed the aggressive style to Verstappen rather than Hamilton.

In fact, the Dutchman was counted as an early turn overtaking maneuver against Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, and his final lap overtaking maneuvers were pulled in by a daring nosedive.

Verstappen was also central to the drama that unfolded in Brazil when he met Hamilton in the 48th

Although the Red Bull man does not give up a place so easily, Hamilton’s assessment of his own driving style was also clearly visible at times during the season.

At Silverstone, his controversial rise inside resulted in Verstappen falling at high speed and rushing him to the hospital before the Briton eventually won the race.

Although it can be described as aggressive, Red Bull boss Christian Horner thought it was an exaggeration.

“Lewis has more than enough experience to know that this is unacceptable and as I said, I’m just very disappointed that a driver of his caliber should take such a step,” he told Sky Sports F1.

“It’s dangerous, he put a competitor in danger, it looked desperate and thank God unharmed, he’s in the hospital and is being examined.”

Max Verstappen reveals how he’s adapting his driving model to go well with the 2022 vehicles

Max Verstappen has revealed how he wants to adapt his driving style for the cars of 2022. After trying out the first prototypes in Red Bull’s simulator, Verstappen is of the opinion that the new cars differ significantly from the outgoing generation of vehicles.

In an interview with team sponsor CarNext, the Dutchman said:

“The tires will look completely different with 18-inch (rims); The tires also react differently, so I have to adapt my driving behavior to this. ”“ It feels a bit sharper, the reaction of the tires and just the general traction that you get out of the corners feels a little different. So I’m curious to see how it feels in real life. ”“ Everyone always says, ‘How is your driving style?’ Well I don’t think I really have one, it’s just that you adapt to the situation. This is your driving style, because when the car is understeer you have to adjust to the understeer. If the car oversteers, you have to be prepared for it. So you can’t say, ‘That’s my driving style and that’s how I’ll drive.’ ”“ That’s impossible because sometimes it just doesn’t work with the material you have. I think adjusting at the end of the day is key. ”How it started ↔️ how it goes

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How it started ↔️ how it works It took a few days to take in what happened last Sunday. Many thanks to everyone for the support and the lovely news 🙏 https://t.co/i2kplMU4NY

Max Verstappen will return to Formula 1 in 2022 sporty number 1 on his Red Bull to try to defend his F1 title. However, the young Dutchman could face tougher competition from rival Lewis Hamilton who is aiming for a record-breaking eighth World Cup.

Meanwhile a possible resurgence of midfield teams McLaren, Ferrari and even Aston Martin could jeopardize the title hopes of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

Max Verstappen hopes 2022 cars will be able to follow more easily, as promised

For years, F1 has been criticized for going in the wrong direction and creating “qualifying cars” that could not follow one another in “dirty air”. To tackle the problem the 2022 season will show brand new cars that are the result of extensive technical regulations aimed at Improve wheel-to-wheel racing.

The reigning world champion Max Verstappen hopes that the work of the F1 specialist department in developing the new regulations will pay off.

Despite his preference for the “downforce giants” of the current generation, Max Verstappen wants the new cars to be able to follow one another closely. In an interview with team sponsor CarNext, the Red Bull driver said:

“I like the current cars in terms of speed because it’s really impressive how much grip you have. So the new cars will definitely be a few seconds slower. ”“ But that with the idea of ​​having better races that you can follow a little more closely, that’s what they want. Because at the moment, when you are close, you will be greatly disturbed by the vehicle in front. “” I hope that happens. “

After yesterday’s tweet about the 2022 rule.
This is what the underside of the car looks like
A small diffuser and a flat bottom are replaced by larger venturi tunnels. This is (incorrectly) called the floor effect like it was in the 80s (+ no skirts)
Bargeboards & the Y250 front wing replaced

According to yesterday’s tweet on Rule 2022. This is what the underside of the car will look likeA small diffuser and flat floor will be replaced with larger Venturi tunnels. This is (incorrectly) called floor effect as it was in the 80s (+ no aprons) replacing bargeboards & the Y250 front wing https://t.co/AIfn7AROBC

While the new regulations aim to improve the “racing spectacle” over time, many have raised concerns that the new regulations could damage racing in the short term.

The narrow performance gaps between teams across the grid meant that the 2021 season was one of the most competitive championships in F1 history, but the new regulations could potentially split the field even further.

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13th annual ‘Driving For the Treatment’ charity golf match raises cash for most cancers analysis

LONGMEADOW, Massachusetts (WWLP) – In memory of their father, Tom Cosenzi, a car dealer in western Massachusetts, his son and daughter raised money for neuro-oncology research Tuesday.

Tom Cosenzi, founder of the TommyCar Auto Group, was only 52 years old when he died of a brain tumor in 2009. Since then, the Tom Cosenzi Driving For the Cure benefit golf tournament has raised more than $ 1 million.

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Daughter Carla Cosenzi spoke to 22News when more than 180 golfers started the 13th annual fundraiser on Tuesday: “It’s a very emotional day. It’s a day to remember my father, and my father’s, when many of our co-workers play as a family. It’s a day when we’re raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “

Carla estimates that Tuesday Charity Golf at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow raised nearly $ 100,000 for neuro-oncology research at Dana Farber.

Verstappen has particular driving type in soiled air: ‘Manipulates his automobile’

At the Hungarian Grand Prix Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton did not fight at the front of the field, but both had to fight their way back towards points from behind. Hamilton made it onto the podium unscathed, while Verstappen ended up with damage on the edge of the points. Accordingly Peter Windsor, the driving style of the two title rivals in dirty air has something noticeable about it.

“Max has his platform, like Lewis and Charles, and he manipulates the front of the car to give it the grip it needs to reach its point of rotation. He’s doing this from a much straighter approach to a much earlier vertex. “declared Windsor in his technical video analysis. In the case of Verstappen, it’s easy to see how he deals with the dirty air around his Red Bull.

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“Verstappen lost his temper at the press conference, plays into the hands of Mercedes”


Verstappen copes well with dirty air

“If Max has the feeling that the car in front is giving him enough dirty air and turbulence to take away the grip at the front. Almost through osmosis, not through a thought process, he feels when he hits the dirty air because it has happened.” He knows long in advance what the front is going to do, so he’ll prepare the front for this effect and maybe give the car a little more steering angle and get off the brake pedal a little more slowly to make sure that the front doesn’t come up quite as quickly. “

Windsor sees Verstappen demand more from his front end in dirty air, but not in such a way that he uses more of his tires. “He’s doing all of these things while his car can handle them well.” Windsor then praises Verstappen for mastering this skill so well. “These drivers do it naturally. It gives them a chance to adjust to the dirty air in front of them as to what will happen next, “concluded Windsor.

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“My regular driving type would not fairly match the automotive”– Daniel Ricciardo is not appropriate to McLaren

“My normal driving style doesn’t quite match the car” – Daniel Ricciardo relied on his Red Bull driving style until McLaren made it difficult.

Daniel Ricciardo has made two significant career changes in the past two years, but his driving style has been largely the same as he chose at Red Bull since 2019 and the Australian is struggling to keep it up with the new team.

Ricciardo claims he escaped similar complications in Renault as he managed to keep the old driving style but at the expense of some grip.

“At Renault, I immediately felt that I could keep my old driving style, but simply had a little less grip than with the Red Bull car. Compared to McLaren, the differences to the car are a bit bigger, ”he said Auto engine and sport.

“It has its strengths and weaknesses, but somehow my normal driving style doesn’t quite match the car. It could be because of the braking or acceleration, but the car does not react as I am used to. “

“That is why my move to McLaren was a little more demanding than the move to Renault. The first step was to find out why my driving style wasn’t working in all corners and only then could I start working on new techniques that I had to master, ”concludes Ricciardo.

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Ricciardo certainly does not take the disappointments in his first races with McLaren well as he still has to make up the gap against his younger teammate Lando Norris.

In a recent interview, the Australian even admitted that he might resent the sport if things continued in the same way. Ricciardo had terrible results in Baku and Monaco.

And he scored some points in France and Austria, but he still has more to do to reach McLaren’s P3 goal for this year.

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Ricciardo has made a difficult start at McLaren since his winter change and ended up behind his teammate Lando Norris in four of the five races so far this season.

The Australian’s struggles continued over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, which Ricciardo described as a “disaster” after finishing only 12th, while Norris finished third on his second podium of the year.

McLaren Team Principal Seidl believes that Ricciardo’s progress towards the full upgrade has been hampered by the challenge of customizing it to the specific characteristics of the MCL35M.

“I think if you look back we have made good progress with him since the beginning of the season,” said Seidl.

“In order to drive our car fast at the moment, you need a special driving style that Daniel cannot take for granted. That’s why it’s not that easy for him to do the laps and extract the power.

“Now we just have to keep working together as a team, keep calm, keep analyzing, keep learning and do two things that will make it further adapt to our car.

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“Because he sees that the potential is there, which I think is the positive for him to see it, and that Lando can do it.

“And at the same time, we’ll also be looking at the team page to see what we can do to help him on the car side and get back his natural feeling that you need to drive fast.”

Ricciardo was baffled after finishing 12th in qualifying and said he was “Refuses to believe” His deficit went to teammate Norris, who drove a lap good enough for fifth on the grid.

After the race, the seven-time Grand Prix winner admitted that he still lacks the confidence to repeat what Norris can do in the car.

On the subject of matching items

“There are differences in the data and that’s why Lando is faster in this corner and I can see it, but I am not convinced I will be able to,” he said.

“But we will see. Maybe it’s still a little bit of me trying to get used to the car, but I’m sure they will check everything out too. When it’s that far away, it’s a little difficult. “

Ricciardo stressed, however, that he wanted to avoid over-analyzing his performance over the weekend and said it would take him a few days to grapple with what was happening.

“I will obviously keep working on it,” he added.

But I feel like we’ve been so far away and so far back this weekend that part of me just wants to switch off for a few days. Otherwise it is like paralysis about the analysis.

“I’ve been there before and I don’t want to go back to it.”

Drivers, riders demand misplaced cash from driving for rideshare app

BAYONNE, NJ – When Rodney Robinson saw an ad on Facebook looking for drivers in September 2020, the retired plumbing worker said the $ 19 an hour sounded like a good gig.

“This company served families who needed a ride for their children, especially during the pandemic,” Robinson told PIX11 News in late January. “They also delivered groceries and things like that.”

Robinson signed with Ride Along, which provided services to football teams and minor league hospitals, among other things.

Alissa Roost, a college professor in Manhattan, used the service to take her 3-year-old son to a day care center downtown. She liked having Rodney as the same driver every day.

But she said the company’s co-founder, Norbert Sygdziak, kept changing the weekly rate.

“It was originally $ 170,” said Roost. “After three weeks, he raised the price to $ 350 per week and then lowered it to $ 270 per week.”

Robinson said he started work in early September 2020 but didn’t receive his first paycheck until October 12. He received more than $ 1,400 with an ADP stub listing the prints. He expected to be paid every two weeks.

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When he didn’t get a paycheck by October 26th, he was frustrated. Robinson said he had started texting the owner: “Norbert, why don’t you text me or communicate with me?”

The owner wrote back, “Rodney, I’m sorry to be a man who does 185 things.”

Robinson received a direct deposit into his account for more than $ 1,100 on October 29, 2020, but said his salary then dried up.

“I didn’t receive a check in November. I didn’t get a check in December, ”said Robinson.

He stopped working before January 1st.

Another former driver, Brian Comeau, said he was recovering from a stroke and wanted a job when he signed up for Ride Along in the summer of 2020.

“I got a disability release because I wanted to work and then he started not paying me,” said Comeau.

PIX11 News learned that the company was based in a townhouse in Bayonne, New Jersey.

When we went there and called the intercom, a woman’s voice said, “We’re working from home right now.”

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Norbert Sygdziak called us back quickly after we left a message on his cell phone

We later interviewed him on the phone when we met with ex-driver Brian Comeau in Brooklyn.

“We are a registered company,” said Sygdziak. “We have logs for people who leave the company to submit their time.”

Comeau claimed he owed more than $ 6,000 in salary, but Ride Along emailed him informing Comeau that this was incorrect.

“We looked into this matter and found that your calculation was wrong,” the email said. “Your last paycheck will be $ 3,574.32.”

The email concludes: “According to your request, a letter is finally attached stating that you will be leaving the company in November 2020.”

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Billionaire Steven Cohen takes on these 3 “Strong Buy” shares

Last week the NASDAQ fell below 13,200, taking the net loss from its all-time high earlier this month to 6.4%. If this trend continues, the index will slide into correction territory, a 10% loss from its peak. So what exactly is going on? Basically, the signals are mixed. The COVID-19 pandemic is starting to fade and the economy is starting to open again – strong positive results that should boost markets. An economic restart, however, brings inflationary pressures: more people work means more consumers with money in their pockets, and the massive stimulus programs that have been passed in recent months – and the law that is now going through Congress and on $ 1.9 trillion – have provided additional funds to people’s purses and liquidity in the economy. There is pent-up demand out there and people to spend, and both of these factors will drive prices up. We can see an effect of this in the bond market, where the ten-year government bond yielded 1.4% near an annual high and has seen an upward trend in the past few weeks. However, this could be a gun jumping case, as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the Senate he was not considering a move to raise interest rates. In other words, these are confusing times. For those who feel lost in the whole stock market fog, investing from gurus can provide a sense of clarity. None more than billionaire Steven Cohen. Cohen’s investment firm, Point72 Asset Management, has adopted a strategy that involves investing in the stock market as well as a more macroeconomic approach. This strategy cemented Cohen’s status as a highly regarded investment powerhouse. The guru made $ 1.4 billion in 2020 thanks to a 16% gain in Point72’s top hedge fund. With that in mind, our focus shifted to Point72’s most recent 13F filing, which reveals the stocks the fund bought in the fourth quarter. TipRanks’ database, which relied on three tickers in particular, found that everyone had an analyst consensus of “Strong Buy” and had significant upside potential. Array Technologies (ARRY) The first new position is Array Technologies, a green tech company providing tracking technology for large solar energy projects. It is not enough to just use enough photovoltaic solar modules to supply an energy supply company with electricity. The panels must track the sun across the sky and take into account seasonal differences as it travels. Array offers solutions to these problems with its DuraTrack and SmarTrack products. Array boasts that its tracking systems improve the life cycle efficiency of solar array projects and that its SmarTrack system can increase total energy production by 5%. The company has impressed its customers with installations in 30 countries in more than 900 supply-scale projects. President Biden is expected to take executive action at the expense of the fossil fuel industry to promote green economic policies, and Array could potentially benefit from this political environment. This company’s stock is new to the markets after it went public in October last year. The event has been described as the “first major solar IPO” in the US for 2020 and was a success. The shares opened at $ 22 and closed at $ 36 on the day. The company sold 7 million shares and raised $ 154 million. Another 40.5 million shares were brought to market by Oaktree Capital. Oaktree is the investment manager who has held a majority stake in the company since 2016. Array fans include Steven Cohen. Point72’s new ARRY position, valued at 531,589 shares in the fourth quarter, is valued at over $ 19.7 million. Guggenheim analyst Shahriar Pourreza also appears confident about the company’s growth prospects, noting that the stock appears to be undervalued. “Renewable energy companies have seen large capital inflows as a result of the ‘blue wave’ and Democratic control of the White House and both houses of Congress. However, ARRY continues to trade at a significant discount to its peers, “noted the 5-star analyst. Pourreza added,” We remain optimistic about ARRY’s growth prospects based on 1) tracker market share gains over fixed pitch systems are due. 2) ARRY market share gains within the tracker industry, 3) ARRY’s great opportunity in the less permeated international market, 4) the ability to monetize their existing customer base over the long term through extended warranties, software upgrades, etc. that represent a high profit margin accretive. “Consistent with these bullish comments, Pourreza is pricing ARRY shares for a buy and its target price of $ 59 implies an uptrend of 59% from current levels. (To see Pourreza’s track record, click here.) New Shares In Growth industries are the main focus of Wall Street pros, and Array has recorded 8 valuations since going public, with 6 buys and 2 holds making the consensus rating for the stock a strong buy, with an average price target of 53.75 USD suggests an uptrend of ~ 45% is possible over the next 12 months. (See ARRY stock analysis on TipRanks.) Paya Holdings (PAYA) The second pick from Cohen we’re looking at is Paya Holdings, a North American payment processing service, the company provides integrated payment solutions for B2B operations in the education, government, healthcare, nonprofit and retail sectors utilities. Paya has over $ 30 billion in payments processed annually for over 100,000 customers. In mid-October last year, Paya completed its market launch via a SPAC (Special Acquisition Company) merger with FinTech Acquisition Corporation III. Cohen stands right on this with the cops. During the fourth quarter, Point72 bought 3,288,843 shares, increasing the size of the stake to 4,489,443 shares. After this 365% increase, the position is now valued at ~ $ 54 million. Mark Palmer, 5-star analyst at BTIG, is impressed by Paya’s medium-term prospects and writes: “We assume that PAYA will achieve revenue growth in old age in the next few years as Integrated Solutions grow in the next few years is set to grow in the mid-20s and Payment Services is expected to grow in the mid single digits. At the same time, from our point of view, the company’s operating costs should increase by 5%. We therefore assume that PAYA’s adjusted EBITDA growth will be north of 20% in the next few years and that its adjusted EBITDA margins will increase from 25% in 2019 to 28% by year 21. “Palmer sets a price target of $ 18 on PAYA shares, showing his confidence in 49% growth for the coming year, and rates the shares as a buy. (To see Palmer’s track record, click here) PAYA’s consensus rating for analysts with strong buying is unanimous based on 4 buy-side ratings set over the past few weeks. The stock has an average price target of $ 16, suggesting an upside potential of ~ 33% from the current stock price of $ 12.06. (See PAYA stock analysis on TipRanks) Dicerna Pharma (DRNA) Last but not least, Dicerna Pharma, a clinical-stage biotech company focused on the discovery, research and development of treatments based on its RNAi technology platform (RNA Interference). The company has 4 drug candidates in various stages of clinical trials and another 6 in pre-clinical trials. The company’s pipeline clearly caught Steven Cohen’s attention – the acquisition of a new stake totaling 2.366 million shares. This stake is valued at $ 63.8 million at current values. The farthest drug candidate down Dicerna’s pipeline is nedosirane (DCR-PHXC), which is being studied for the treatment of PH or primary hyperoxaluria – a group of several genetic disorders that cause life-threatening kidney disease by overproducing oxalate. Nedosiran blocks the enzyme that causes this overproduction and is in a phase 3 study. Top-line results are expected in mid-’21 and if everything goes as planned, an NDA filing for nedosiran is expected towards the end of Q3 21. Analyst Mani Foroohar covers Leerink and sees Nedosiran as the key to the company’s near-term future. “We assume that nedosiran could be approved in mid-2022 and that the drug will be around a year and a half behind its competitor Oxlumo (ALNY, MP) in PH1 … A successful result will be DRNA in a commercial company for rare diseases in an attractive duopoly transforming market with the best label width in the industry, “noted Foroohar. To that end, Foroohar rates DRNA as an outperform (i.e. Buy), and its price target of $ 45 suggests a one-year upside of 66%. (Foroohar’s track record, click here) Overall Dicerna Pharma registered 4 buy ratings making the Strong Buy unanimous. DRNA shares trade for $ 26.98, and their average price target of $ 38 means the uptrend is ~ 41% over the next 12 months (See DRNA stock analysis to TipRanks) To find great ideas for trading stocks at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly introduced tool that brings together all insights into the shares of TipRanks. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the analysts presented. The co ntent may only be used for information purposes. It is very important that you do your own analysis before making any investment.

Bruce Springsteen arrested for drunk driving at New Jersey nationwide park

Bruce Springsteen performs on stage during the 13th Annual Stand Up for Heroes to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2019 in New York City.

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Working-class rock legend Bruce Springsteen was arrested in a New Jersey national park late last year for drunk driving, the Home Office said Wednesday.

The news surfaced just days after the rocker appeared in a Super Bowl commercial.

Springsteen, 71, was “cooperative throughout the process” when he was arrested on November 14 at Jersey’s Gateway National Recreation Area, known locally as Sandy Hook, National Parks Service spokeswoman Brenda Ling noted.

The “Thunder Road” singer has been cited for driving under the influence of reckless driving and drinking in an enclosed space.

Last November, Springsteen’s new album “Letter to You” debuted at number 2 on the new Billboard 200 chart. With this placement, Springsteen became the first musician to have a new top five chart album in each of the last six decades.

News of Springsteen’s arrest comes just days after the musician appeared in his very first Super Bowl commercial. In the Jeep ad, Springsteen urged Americans to find the unit after a divisive year.

“There is hope on the road ahead of us,” said Springsteen in the two-minute commercial in which he drove a Jeep CJ-5 over country and city roads.

Springsteen and Jeep spokespersons did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on his arrest.

In Springsteen’s autobiography “Born to Run”, published in 2016, the musician admitted that he avoided drugs and only tried alcohol at the age of 22, also because drinking influenced his father.

In the 500-page book, Springsteen revealed that he had a long history of depression, a surprise to many.

Springsteen has been praised by his fans and bandmates for his healthy lifestyle habits, like going to the gym and avoiding drugs and alcohol, that give him the stamina to give decades of concerts in his career.

“I mean, I’m sure he’s had a drink or two a few times in his life, but he’s never been a drinker either,” said Steven Van Zandt, musician in Springsteen’s famous E Street Band, in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Springsteen’s arrest was first reported by TMZ early Wednesday.

Much less driving throughout COVID means much less cash for CDOT

Pumped people less fuel during the COVID, leaving the Colorado Department of Transportation lacking the funding they normally expect. What is the problem?

DENVER – It’s a catch-22.

Working from home means fewer cars on the road, which leads to less traffic.

Fewer cars on the road means less need to top up the pump.

Less refueling means the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) lacks the funds normally expected.

Due to the pandemic that resulted in changes in work behavior and delayed vehicle registrations, CDOT reported a shortfall of $ 33.7 million for the fiscal year ended June 2020.

Taking into account three budget cycles from July 2019 to June 2022, CDOT expects a vacancy rate of USD 117 million.

“We are trying to future-proof the system by generating both short-term revenue and building a new revenue structure that won’t deteriorate like the gas tax,” said Rep. Matt Gray, D. -Broomfield.

Gray is one of the top Democrats on the House Transportation & Local Government Committee. He worked for years with Senator Faith Winter (D-Westminster), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy, on solutions for road finance.

“We met 51 meetings today,” said Winter.

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The two have held dozens of stakeholder meetings. Tuesday’s Zoom meetings included talks with engineers and environmentalists.

“We haven’t had a single stakeholder meeting where people say I’m not willing to pay a little more,” said Gray.

What are you working on And who would pay more and how much more?

“Delivery,” said Winter. “Uber and Lyft and ridesharing and car sharing and rental cars.”

All of these industries could receive a new fee for their services that would be used directly on road projects.

“Every time an Amazon package is delivered to my home, every time Grubhub is delivered to my home, I rely on good roads,” said Winter. “You pay for the roads that bring you your service.”

“If you charge more for an Uber or Lyft ride or an iPhone or iPad, the consumer has to pay that in order for that consumer to receive a tax,” said Senator Ray Scott (R-). Grand Junction). “You get into this argument, is a fee a tax or a tax a fee? And obviously people are using creative language with a fee because they don’t want to talk about TABOR, because TABOR is asking voters to approve it.

TABOR, the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, requires a vote on all tax increases.

“I spoke to the governor and the governor said he didn’t want anything on the ballot. I understand that the voters said no because of the last five or four attempts,” said Scott.

Most recently, voters rejected three questions about road financing.

In 2019, 54% voted against Proposition CC, which would have used TABOR reimbursement funds on road projects instead of reimbursing them to residents.

Two election questions were rejected in 2018.

Proposal 109 would have funded certain projects by allowing the state to borrow money.

Proposal 110 would have increased the state sales tax on road finance.

Both failed with around 60% against.

“It stinks. We never got it right. Whether legal or on the ballot, we just can’t get it right,” said Scott.

Scott believes there is money to be found, maybe not all of the money needed, but enough of it, with CDOT scrutinizing the checkbook.

“I’m one of those people who say there is always efficiency in government,” said Scott. “Trust me when I tell you there are efficiencies that can be found and get more money on the streets because honestly all Coloradans want the money there. Just put it on the streets and bridges.”

Another idea that Winter and Gray are considering is a fee that everyone pays regardless of the industry.

“The road users also pay a gasoline fee,” said Winter.

A gas fee would be an additional fee that each driver pays at the pump, in addition to state and federal fuel taxes. Fees do not require the vote of the people as they do with tax increases.

“It makes it a difficult discussion when we’re trying to come up with ideas for efficiency and accountability, but the Democrats come right back out with a fee,” said Scott.

How much would any of these fees cost? The ones at the gas pump or for delivery services?

“We haven’t given any numbers to anyone. What we’re doing is listening,” said Gray. “We’re not trying to figure out how we’re going to do it in the next year or two. If we’re back to normal, hopefully it’s the next 50 years. That’s about the next 100 years.”

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