Coloradans will see an increase in vehicle registration fees thanks to a bill signed into law Monday by Governor Bill Ritter. State transportation officials say the new money is badly needed to address a backlog of critical road and bridge repairs. KUNC‘s Kirk Siegler reports for Rocky Mountain Community Radio.

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