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Legislators, Lobbyists, CU Advocates Briefed About Budgets and Business at Capitol

Tweet By Jody Hope Strogoff STATE BILL COLORADO Colorado lawmakers got extra schooling on Jan. 26 when about 100 CU Advocates — part of a larger booster group of supporters, alumni and students from the University of Colorado System — joined with members of the business community to share their legislative priorities and concern for […]

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Budget Adviser Saliman: ‘My Door Is Open’

A senior budget advisor to Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper said his “door is open” to any suggestions to help improve Colorado’s cash-strapped budget.

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Incoming Budget Director: ‘Reckoning Day Has Arrived’

Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper’s budget director told a group of Republican lawmakers on Thursday that identifying efficiencies alone would not close the state’s anticipated $1.1 billion budget shortfall, The Pueblo Chieftain reports.

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Another Tough Budget Year, Another State Fiscal Emergency

The potential benefits of declaring a state fiscal emergency were laid on the table last week as state lawmakers learned what their options are for crafting a workable balanced budget for 2011-12.

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Budget Travails Trip Up State’s Civil-Rights Watchdog

The state’s Civil Rights Division “may be in jeopardy” due to funding woes, a top official told a legislative panel Wednesday.

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Employers Could Pay Price For Borrowing As Debt Mounts

As economic activity has failed to significantly pick up during 2010, Colorado is among numerous states borrowing from the federal government to cover deficits in its unemployment insurance fund.

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Colleges Make Annual Pitches To Joint Budget Committee

College presidents were eager to tout their completion rates, growing enrollments of first-generation and minority students, increased cooperation with neighboring colleges and school districts, growing use of online instruction and their big economic impacts on their regions and the state.

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Joint Budget Committee Tackles Budget

The Joint Budget Committee, with four new members, has begun the process of working on the 2011-12 budget with briefings from its staff on 11 state agencies and a meeting with Gov. Bill Ritter on his proposal for the next fiscal year, The Colorado Statesman reports.

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State Union Proposes Vet Health Care, Road Maintenance Cuts

The state should consider ending services like health care for veterans and road maintenance to help balance the budget, according to the union that represents state employees.

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Ritter Presents Budget To JBC, Encourages Keeping ‘Open Mind’

A term-limited Gov. Bill Ritter on Wednesday presented his final budget to the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, encouraging committee members to approach this coming budget cycle “with an open mind.”

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