The Colorado governor says that was the reaction when he expressed concern about proposed cuts to EPA grants. Congress would have to pass a new budget.
Separate bipartisan proposals could raise the state sales tax and free money in the existing budget for roads, schools and health care.
Of all the bills state lawmakers take up every year, the only one they must pass is the budget — and they have to balance it.
Rural Colorado could see a wave of hospital closings if hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts in the proposed state budget go through.
Cuts will impact farmers, air and water, and health care, although, Hickenlooper says, Colorado could benefit from more defense spending.
Whether it’s “trouble ahead” or “trouble behind," here’s a look at where key legislation sits, halfway through the session.
- The culprit is sales tax collections; they’re not growing as fast as expected.Read more
As lawmakers start the 2016 session, Colorado's governor lays out his biggest priorities, and faces questions about promises made last year.
Gov. John Hickenlooper says he's forced to propose cuts to higher education, among other things, because of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights
After several years of swift spending increases, Colorado laws are putting brakes on next year's budget.