Democratic leaders are urging the presidents of the state's colleges to get on board a proposal to fix Colorado's budget problems.
House Speaker Andrew Romanoff says the college presidents have much more credibility in solving the state's problems than lawmakers do. They've also been struggling with declining state support for the last three years.
None of the presidents are jumping behind the proposal yet but some say they're glad Governor Owens and state lawmakers seem willing to tackle the issue.
Democrats say higher education will face at least 557 (m) million dollars in cuts over the next five years unless voters allow the state to keep more of their tax dollars.