Colorado lawmakers introduce plan to ease budget limits
DENVER, Colorado “-Colorado lawmakers have introduced a plan to eliminate a cap on spending, a move they say would allow them to restore top priorities once the economy begins to recover.
Changes to tax policy usually require voter approval, but Rep. Don Marostica, a Republican from Loveland who sits on the Joint Budget Committee, says lawmakers believe they have the authority to change the law themselves.
He outlined the plan Thursday during a news conference at the Capitol.
The proposal would eliminate a spending cap known as the Arveschoug (AR’-ve-scow)-Bird limit, after its 1991 sponsors.
It sets a 6 percent cap on increases in funding to pay for big-ticket items like higher education, criminal justice, schools, corrections and health care.