Governor proposes cutting $632 million from budget
DENVER, Colorado ” Gov. Bill Ritter is recommending that lawmakers cut $632 million from the current state budget, with major reductions for higher education, public education and health care. And he warns that more cuts are coming.
Ritter says his top priorities are public safety and public health. And despite his proposed cuts, he says he wants to protect higher education as much as he can.
Todd Saliman, Ritter’s budget director, told lawmakers Friday the state faces a $632 million shortfall in this year’s $18.6 billion operating budget ” and that that figure could soar to more than $1 billion over the next two years.