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Final House vote expected on Colo. budget

Colorado House lawmakers are expected to take a final vote on a proposed $18 billion budget that prompted a long debate as Democrats tried to get more funding for health care programs and education. The House gave preliminary approval to the budget plan Wednesday night and lawmakers are scheduled to take a final vote Thursday.… Continue Reading Final House vote expected on Colo. budget

Colo. budget puts cancer screenings at risk

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Colorado’s looming budget cuts threaten more than schools and state jobs – they also could put lives at stake. Largressa Munnerlyn wants lawmakers to know that. She survived breast cancer, thanks to a state screening program now under threat from budget cuts. “I’m living proof that we need this program,” Munnerlyn said of Colorado’s Women’s… Continue Reading Colo. budget puts cancer screenings at risk

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Budget cuts head to Colorado Senate

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Education cuts and other cost-saving measures have been debated around the Colorado Legislature all year. The true test of how lawmakers balance the books comes when the Senate takes up a $7 billion general fund plan Friday. The budget includes a raft of cuts including less money for K-12 schools and colleges. The spending plan… Continue Reading Budget cuts head to Colorado Senate

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Colo. Senate starts delayed budget work

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A delayed spending plan for next year is finally before a Colorado Senate committee. The appropriately titled “Long Bill” detailing some $7 billion in general fund spending is scheduled for review in the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday. The bill is more than two weeks overdue. Democrats and Republicans who propose the budget could not agree… Continue Reading Colo. Senate starts delayed budget work

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At the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Christy Murphy’s days are filled with calls from people seeking help she can’t seem to give. They plead with her, but budget cuts have trimmed services so much that she is not sure where to send them. The desperation on the other end of the line hits painfully… Continue Reading Amid high demand, states cut mental health care

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Opponents of school budget cuts are making their case at the state Capitol. They plan to deliver a letter signed by more than 5,200 people to state lawmakers and the governor today. The group organizing the event is Great Education Colorado. It says the letter is hundreds of pages long and includes comments and stories… Continue Reading Colo. school group to present letter opposing cuts

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Colorado’s largest school district plans to cut nearly $40 million because of the state’s budget crisis. The president of the county’s board of education, Dave Thomas, plans to announce details at a press conference Friday morning in Golden. Gov. John Hickenlooper has proposed cutting $332 million from schools statewide in the next school year to… Continue Reading Colo.’s largest school district to cut nearly $40M

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Some Colorado Democratic lawmakers are not happy about Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposal to slash education funding to help balance the state budget. They’re also objecting to his recommendation to shore up the state’s reserve fund and asking state employees to pick up more of the state’s share of their pension contribution. One of them, Sen.… Continue Reading Colo. senator wants tax hike to avoid budget cuts

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Gessler keeping $3.5M slated to balance budget

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Secretary of State Scott Gessler plans to keep $3.5 million that his predecessor had offered to state lawmakers to help balance the budget. The Denver Post reports that Gessler, a Republican, wants to use some of the money to fight identity theft. The money at issue is from a fund generated by fees on business… Continue Reading Gessler keeping $3.5M slated to balance budget

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State could face $1b shortfall

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Colorado will have enough money in its general account to cover current spending levels, but a new revenue forecast warns the state could face a $1 billion shortfall in the 2011-12 budget. The Legislative Council’s economic forecast released Monday includes projections showing overall assessed property values dropping 5.3 percent this year, mostly due to lower… Continue Reading State could face $1b shortfall

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