The governor says he hopes that Colorado would move up on the calendar of presidential nominating contests.
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Unhappiness among both parties with the caucuses this year gives the bill's supporters optimism for change.
The full legislature will give the budget a final vote soon -- a formality before it heads to the governor’s desk.
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Israel is mostly dry and arid, but it started earlier than most countries at figuring out how to move and store water.
Republicans have long-argued the state’s spending priorities are out of whack, and only five members supported the package.
Depending on whom you ask, a fee hospitals pay is either the answer to some of the state's budget woes, or illegal government overreach.
One member of the Joint Budget Committee called the budget "almost miraculous," but legislators warn that upcoming budgets will be just as tough.
The budget avoids threatened cuts to higher education. However, hospitals and road construction take a hit.
In a conversation with CPR News, the governor also addressed the chances of moving Gitmo detainees to Colorado, and the possibility of another recession.
If confirmed by the state legislature, Donna Lynne will replace current Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who is stepping down from his post for another career opportunity.
Things will pick up next week, after lawmakers get a better idea of how much money is available.
There are five measures in all, sponsored by four Democrats and one Republican.