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Billions short on Coloradans’ wish list for state services

Tim Hoover
The Denver Post

The state would need an additional $8.5 billion per year in revenue to provide the level of services Coloradans want, a commission looking into the state’s long-term budget problems was told Thursday.

That’s bigger than the $7.5 billion general fund, the state’s largest pot of money that funds most operating needs.

Even to reach a “middle” level of services, the state would need an additional $2 billion a year, members of the Long-Term Fiscal Stability Commission were told.



Those estimates come from legislative analysts who added up the amounts that officials from various state agencies said would be needed to reach the level of services that Coloradans want.

For example, transportation officials said it would take an additional $2.5 billion to provide the ideal level of highway and transportation funding. And it would take an additional $2.8 billion to reach the level of spending for public schools the residents want.



Other examples include:

• $750 million more for higher education;

• $198 million more for prisons;



• $813 million more for human services;

• $1 billion more for health care;

• $353 million for state building construction.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13573012


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