Lawmakers Begin Debate On State Budget

<p>(Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)</p>
<p>The Colorado State Capitol.</p>

There are political fights over dozens of amendments to this year's $27 billion proposed Colorado budget.

They include Republican efforts to move money out of Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment. That’s over the party’s objections to the state’s implementation of President Obama’s climate change rules.

Republicans also want more money for roads and schools. But Democrats in charge of the House are expected to block those efforts. They argue there’s already new funding for those areas in a tight budget.

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