Colorado Senate set to review House budget cuts
DENVER, Colorado ” State senators are set to meet Tuesday to discuss the big budget cuts approved in the House last week.
The cuts came after lawmakers abandoned plans to take $500 million from a state-created workers compensation insurer to avoid deep cuts to higher education.
The House cuts include up to eight furlough days for state employees and reduced payments to Medicaid doctors and private prison companies.
Some senators are unhappy about the changes. But Joint Budget Committee member Mark Ferrandino says he doesn’t expect major changes because the recession requires that the state make some hard choices.
Students still plan to rally at Denver’s Auraria Campus Tuesday to make sure lawmakers follow through with their promises not to gut higher education.