On jobs, CO lawmakers moving past rhetoric

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If there’s one thing Colorado’s sharply divided Legislature agrees on, it’s the importance of jobs.

But Democrats and Republicans are now past the speech-making phase of the session, and their differences on how best to go about improving the economy will come to the fore.

An early look at how far apart the parties are on job creation comes up Tuesday, when a House committee considers a proposal to give universities more money for technology grants.

The House Democratic Leader sponsored the technology grant bill. But the committee hearing the proposal is ruled by Republicans, who have questioned the $5 million estimated price tag for the technology grants. Some Republicans have said the better approach to boosting the economy is cutting regulation on businesses.