By Don Knox, STATE BILL COLORADO
A LOOMING BUDGET BATTLE WILL DEFINE THE SECOND HALF of the first session of the 68th General Assembly, if not the full session, leaders on both sides say. Speaker McNulty, who can’t remember a time when he voted for a Colorado budget, may vote for the proposal this year, if it remains heavily focused on spending cuts. House Minority Leader Pace said House Democrats are gearing up to fight certain budget cuts. “The first half of the session is always the easy half. So we are getting ready for the big show,” Senate Majority Leader Morse says.
K-12 CUTS UNAVOIDABLE, Ferrandino acknowledges.
EVERYBODY’S WAITING FOR NEXT FRIDAY, when fresh state revenue estimates will be given to the JBC by legislative and executive branch economists.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? Even Gerou unwilling to cut higher ed to $500M, preferring $519M — and even then she’s an unhappy yes. (Second item)
WILDLIFE, PARKS MERGER set for July 1, pending bill passage.
FINAL NUMBER OF CANDIDATES ON DENVER MAYOR’S BALLOT: It’s 10.
FIRMLY IN THE SPEND LESS CAMP: Keith King.
DOUGLAS COUNTY VOUCHER VOTE is next Tuesday.
MOVING ON, FOR NOW: Two business personal property tax bills.
FROM THE DEAD-BILL BIN: Strip club ATM withdrawals. Small business seed fund.
TODAY’S HICKENLOOPER SCHEDULE:
* 10:30 a.m. – remarks at the Aurora Day at the Capitol. Location: Old Supreme Court Chambers, State Capitol.
SATURDAY’S REDISTRICTING MEETINGS:
* 8:00-10:30 a.m., Inn of the Rio Grande, 333 Santa Fe Ave.
* 2:30-5:00 p.m., Pueblo County Conference Rm, 1001 N Santa Fe Ave.
DINNER ON YOUR OWN: There’s nothing on the social calendar.
HE SAID IT: “I think people forget that automobiles are one of the most significant killing machines on the face of the earth.” — Tom Raynes, executive director of the Colorado District Attorney’s Council.
SHE SAID IT: It’s a sign of a weak field and maybe a bad economy.” — Susan Barnes-Gelt, former councilwoman, on crowded mayoral field.
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