Colo. Budget Written, Heads For Debate In House

By: AP
By: AP

Colorado budget writers finished the aptly named "Long Bill" with more funds this year for education, colleges, and seniors.

The bipartisan Joint Budget Committee unanimously approved the state's spending package Friday. The budget is being introduced in the Republican-controlled House Wednesday and will later head to the Democratic-led Senate.

Public schools are not facing cuts for the first time in years and the often-slashed higher education department is faring better, too. The proposed cut to public colleges this year is just under $6 million. Schools comprise about 40 percent of the budget and colleges about 9 percent.

The bulk of the rest of the budget goes to prisons and human services, including mandatory spending on Medicaid.

Some seniors will also get a break on their property taxes.

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  • by anon on Mar 29, 2012 at 03:31 PM
    hmmm and govs office today ays that private prisons need subsidy to stay's an idea how baout get our inmates OUT of private prisons and use the beds we are closing in canon city.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 03:58 PM in reply to anon
      Now that's an idea that makes sense. It's not politically feasible because it doesn't cost taxpayers millions.
  • by Karen Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM
    Don't cut the State Troopers budget. They are understaffed as it is anyway. We need more of them not less.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 03:56 PM in reply to Karen
      Are you kidding me? I personally know 4 State Troopers and they tell me they love it because it is very low stress and they are overcompensated. I think all govt position need a pay cut and especially a benefits cut. I think most persons not working for the govt would agree that we get no pension that are paid by others. If we don't save we have nothing. They can cut all their pension 100%, they don't contribute to mine.
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        by To Anonymous on Mar 30, 2012 at 03:43 PM in reply to
        State employees are not getting a "free" pension. They do contribute to their retirement and the agency matches the contributions. Not all have a state "controlled" pension. Some government agencies make their employees pay social security and offer some sort of 401K or 457 plan. Maybe you believe the pension is free because it is funded with taxpayer dollars. If this is the case, then maybe you would feel better about having private police and fire. Don't answer too quickly...because all the Constitutional rights you enjoy would not be applicable to a private police agency. The Constitution is designed to protect us from our government, not private industry.
  • by truth on Mar 28, 2012 at 09:01 PM
    how about starting with senators and congress people wages first. they keep getting raises but no one else does. they stole money from troopers to pay themselves. Yes i am the same truth that critizies them. Truth should be told no matter what it is. Your government is corrupt and steals from its own. they put the money in a slush fund then paid themselves.
  • by No way! on Mar 28, 2012 at 01:45 PM
    I call BS....just a scare tactic.
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      by There are... on Mar 28, 2012 at 01:52 PM in reply to No way!
      plenty of places to trim the fat without touching those mentioned.
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