Tourism promotion trips up Colorado lawmakers |

Tourism promotion trips up Colorado lawmakers

DENVER, Colorado ” State lawmakers haven’t been able to agree on how much to spend on tourism promotion during the recession.

Colorado originally planned to spend $20 million on promoting tourism and the arts this year but lawmakers are looking at rolling that back to help balance the budget.

The House has backed spending $15 million but the Senate wants to add on some extra money from gaming taxes. With gaming revenue down, Republican Sen. Al White, who represents Eagle County, says that would probably mean a total of $18 million.

Senators voted Wednesday to try negotiate a solution with the House.

Democratic Sen. Rollie Heath of Boulder says Colorado needs to keep spending money to compete with Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico.

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