Colorado Senate debates bill easing spending rules |

Colorado Senate debates bill easing spending rules

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” The Colorado state Senate is debating a bill that would relax spending rules in the state budget.

Currently, the rules allow the general fund budget ” which covers items like public schools, prisons and higher education ” to grow only by 6 percent a year. Any additional revenue must go for transportation.

Senate Bill 228 would end those requirements and let lawmakers decide where to spend state tax dollars.

Debate started Monday morning after senators argued about when they would take up the issue and how long they would be able to discuss it.

Senators got in an hour’s worth of debate on the bill before breaking for lunch and afternoon committee hearings. They’ll resume at 4:30 p.m.

Many Republicans oppose the bill, fearing transportation funding would suffer. They plan to slow down debate by procedural moves, such as requiring amendments to be read word by word.

Democratic backers say lawmakers should be able to decide spending priorities each year.

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