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Colorado governor asks for waiver on stimulus

Jessica Fender
The Denver Post

Colorado colleges and universities are bracing for further budget cuts as Gov. Bill Ritter’s office seeks permission from the federal government to reduce higher-education funding without forfeiting hundreds of millions in federal stimulus dollars.

Ritter said Monday that the waiver is a precaution meant to give him more options as the state budget gap widens – not a guarantee of additional cuts to the state’s share of higher-education budgets.

Even so, school leaders still smarting from the $150 million cut by lawmakers during the legislative session worry that additional reductions would hurt their service to students.

A memo from the governor’s budget office discusses taking about $80 million more from colleges in the next two years.

“We’re going to attempt to get that waiver so we can have flexibility,” Ritter said Monday. “Everything’s on the table. We’re really going to go through (suggested budget cuts) with a fine-tooth comb.”

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