Senate debate on Colorado spending rules could go late
DENVER, Colorado ” Colorado state senators are gearing up for an hours-long debate on a bill that would relax spending rules in the state budget.
Currently, the rules allow the general fund budget ” which covers items like public schools, prisons and higher education ” to grow only by 6 percent a year. Any additional revenue must go for transportation.
On Monday, the Senate will debate Senate Bill 228, which would end those requirements and let lawmakers decide where to spend state tax dollars.
Many Republicans oppose it and fear transportation funding would get short shrift. They plan to slow down debate by procedural moves, such as requiring amendments to be read word by word.
Democratic backers say lawmakers should be able to decide spending priorities each year.