Colorado lawmakers who questioned Governor keep quiet

By Alex Burness

COLORADO INDEPENDENT

Gov. Jared Polis released his first draft budget this week, and some lawmakers were quick to question what was in it — and what wasn’t.

Why, they told reporters Tuesday, hadn’t the governor proposed more money to address the state’s $9 billion backlog of transportation projects?

And is it prudent, they asked, for Polis to try to fully fund the launch of his signature policy goal — statewide, state-funded, full-day kindergarten — given that economic forecasts might not be so rosy in future years? That initiative alone comes with a $253 million price tag, and that’s just for the 2019-2020 budget year.

“We recognize that it’s a priority and we want to try and help the governor get there,” Sen. Rachel Zenzinger said Tuesday. “We just have to make sure that … we are positioned in order to continue that commitment beyond this year, and that’s a real question at this point.”

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