Governor recommends deep cuts to Colorado budget
DENVER, Colorado ” Gov. Bill Ritter is recommending that the state shut down two prisons and two clinics and slash 500 state jobs as the economy gets worse.
Todd Saliman, the governor’s budget director, delivered the grim news to lawmakers on Tuesday.
Ritter is recommending that the state close a women’s prison in Canon City and the Rifle Correctional Facility, and move the 392 inmates to other prisons.
He wants to close a mental health clinic affiliated with the state mental hospital in Pueblo, but not the main hospital itself.
Ritter also wants to close a small child-care residence hospital at Fort Logan.
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Other major cuts include a three-year suspension of the homestead exemption for seniors and deep reductions in higher education and public education.