Long budget fight expected in Colo. House

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Democrats will call for several amendments in the Colorado House when the chamber debates the state’s $18 billion spending plan.

Democrats say they’re unhappy that the 2011 budget includes a $250 million cut to K-12 education and they will try to amend the proposed budget during a debate Wednesday. Democrats plan to propose three dozen amendments to the budget but they will have a tough time passing them because Republicans have a one-vote advantage in the House.

The Senate approved the budget proposal on a 30-5 vote Monday.

The deal struck by Senate Republicans and Democrats also restores part of a tax rebate to retailers for collecting sales tax and a waiver on sales taxes on agricultural products.