The Colorado House killed a bill Wednesday that would have limited the ability of legal immigrants to collect state pensions after Democrats said it would cause a hardship, possibly causing pensioners to lose their medical benefits and their homes, Associated Press reports. Rep. Jack Pommer, a Democrat from Boulder who sponsored the bill as part of a package of cuts to balance next year’s budget, said the Joint Budget Committee may have to take more money from public schools to make up the difference when they get new revenue forecasts on Friday.
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The Denver Post: A bill to close a loophole in Colorado law that allows elderly legal immigrants to receive a taxpayer-funded pension died in the House on Wednesday after the lawmaker sponsoring the legislation withdrew it. The bill’s death in the House means legislators will have to find $14.4 million somewhere else to help balance the budget. Rep. Jack Pommer, D-Boulder, said he’d gotten so much grief from fellow Democrats about the bill that he decided it wasn’t worth going forward with it.