State lawmakers say they're ready to start spending on job-creating projects backed by the federal government's bailout package as soon as they cash the check President Barack Obama signed Tuesday.
Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus bill at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He'll also tour the museum's solar panel installation to highlight the boost that he hopes the measure will give to renewable energy.
Democratic House Speaker Terrance Carroll of Denver says Colorado has projects ready to go that will use the estimated $2 billion being provided to the state. Colorado plans to spend the money on transportation, transit, homeless prevention and shoring up the state budget -- which faces a $625 million shortfall.