Analysts and lawmakers say the cost of the Iraq war is being felt in budget cuts as well as the loss of American lives.
Colorado's governments, state and local, are facing cuts in transportation funding, Medicaid, education and other federally subsidized programs, according to analysts and lawmakers.
Just how big that impact has been is unclear.
What state lawmakers do say is that the 456 billion dollars already spent or appropriated for the war could have gone a long way toward helping them balance their own budgets.
In Colorado, lawmakers expect to lose about 200 million dollars in federal funding for the next fiscal year, forcing the state to cut back on programs that receive federal money.