Gov. John Hickenlooper says he's forced to propose cuts to higher education, among other things, because of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights
The spending package worked out by lawmakers generally mirrors what the governor proposed to them last fall.
While lawmakers seemed generally receptive to the governor's budget plan, disagreements loom over how to handle taxpayer rebates.
If lawmakers agree, state spending would go up by $1.7 billion in the fiscal year that starts next July.