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Ritter finishing up final Colorado budget plan

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter put the finishing touches Monday on his plan to cut $320 million from the state budget by next June.

The governor is turning over a binder to the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee outlining the 100 cuts he plans to include in an executive order on Sept. 1.

The governor’s budget analyst, Todd Saliman, says a large notebook will outline plans the governor will take when he issues an executive order by the end of this month. Most of the cuts will take effect Sept. 1, but some will require new laws.

Ritter has told lawmakers that his plan will include the elimination of up to 266 state employees and cuts to medical programs and prison services.