STATE BILL COLORADO
A legislative preview forum at The Denver Press Club was well attended. Here’s how media covered the event.
State Bill Colorado: He wouldn’t talk cuts, but Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter speaking today at a media forum at the Denver Press Club surgically dove into defending Colorado and what the state has done during the past year. He mentioned efforts including House Bill 1001, the Colorado Credit Reserve program, and the state’s success in closing a $1 billion shortfall. Further, Ritter predicted good things to come for Coloradoans.
Denver Business Journal: Democratic and Republican leaders of both of Colorado’s legislative chambers came out in opposition Monday to three ballot initiatives that could curtail state revenue or spending significantly.
The Greeley Tribune: Colorado Democrats accused Republicans on Monday of failing to offer real solutions to the state’s budget problems while Republicans called Gov. Bill Ritter’s plan to balance the state’s budget reckless. Ritter also pushed his jobs program, defended his budget proposals and called on legislative leaders to stay focused on key issues this year such as job creation and the budget.
The Denver Post: There’s still a month until Colorado’s legislative session begins, but Republicans and Democrats on Monday started the debate early over the state budget and whether to ease constitutional spending limits. The sparks came at the Colorado Press Association’s annual legislative forum at the Denver Press Club.
The Durango Herald: For a second consecutive year, lawmakers in Denver will be focused on the grim work of budget cuts, both Democrats and Republicans said Monday at an annual preview of the legislative session. “The need for us to focus on economic recovery is paramount,” Gov. Bill Ritter said.
Pueblo Chieftain: They might not agree on how to solve it, but Republican and Democratic leaders of the state Legislature shared the opinion Monday that budgetary concerns and economic woes will be paramount during the upcoming legislative session when it kicks off next month.
9News (video): Legislators are looking to reduce spending any way they can, Adam Schrager reports.