Colorado governor says education cuts possible
DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is telling state lawmakers everything is on the table to balance next year’s budget, including proposed cuts to public education.
The governor is recommending that education spending be cut by $260 million and that the state bring in another $132 million by charging sales tax on candy and soda and eliminating or suspending a dozen other tax breaks and credits.
Ritter says his administration worked hard to avoid cuts to public schools, but he says those cuts can no longer be avoided. Ritter says he believes schools will make wise cutbacks and parents will have to understand if educators are forced to increase class sizes.
Lawmakers still must approve the cuts Ritter approved to this year’s budget, which doesn’t end until next June.