Colorado Dems, not state, will pay for retreat |

Colorado Dems, not state, will pay for retreat

LONGMONT, Colorado – The top Democrat in the Colorado Senate says the party will pick up the cost of a $4,300 team-building retreat for Democratic lawmakers that was orginally paid for by the state.

Senate President Brandon Shaffer of Longmont was criticized for billing the state for the event because no Republicans were invited.

The Longmont Times-Call quoted Shaffer on its Web site Wednesday as saying that having the Democratic caucus pay for the retreat “was the best thing to do.”

Shaffer said earlier he organized the retreat amid complaints that legislative committee leaders were disrespectful to the public and other lawmakers.

All the chairmen and chairwomen are Democrats because the party controls the Senate as well as the House.

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