Among elders with dementia, those with higher levels of education had a delayed, but steeper, decline in memory in the years leading up to their dementia diagnosis. (AP)
DENVER (AP) -- Public schools would face a $65 million cut and higher education would lose $30 million under a proposal to close a $625 million shortfall in this year's state budget.
The plan presented to state lawmakers today would also hike fees for new water wells and delay payments to a police and firefighter pension fund.
Members of the Joint Budget Committee, who developed the plan, warned that worse cuts could be in store next year as tax revenues drop because of the recession.
This year's balancing proposal would avoid deeper cuts to state services largely by dipping into the state's reserve fund and transferring $244 million out of funds set up to fund specific programs, such as a fund to help treat women with breast and cervical cancer. The budget committee says there would still be enough money to fund those programs.
The cuts are needed because fiscal analysts are expecting tax collections to drop by about $600 million this year. Nearly half of that is because of an anticipated drop in capital gains taxes.