CO House gives final approval to $18B budget

DENVER — Colorado’s House has given final approval to an $18 billion spending plan for next year, leaving a spending agreement worked out last week mostly intact.

The budget passed 50-14 today after lawmakers from both parties talked about parts they didn’t like. Democrats decried $250 million worth of cuts to K-12 education. Republicans said they would have preferred more incentives to business to spur hiring. However, all Republicans ended up voting for the plan.

The budget strongly resembles a budget approved by the Senate earlier this week. But lawmakers aren’t done yet. The two chambers will have to work out some differences, with the spending measure headed to the governor for his approval after that.

Online:
Senate Bill 209: http://goo.gl/mkNgM



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