Colorado needs feds to step up

By Dominick Moreno and Rachel Zenzinger

THE DENVER POST

Last week was the most difficult week we have ever faced as elected officials or members of the Joint Budget Committee. We had tearful discussions prior to gut-wrenching decisions as we addressed devastating health and economic issues in our state budget.

Before the virus hit, Colorado was looking at millions of dollars in budgetary surplus. It meant we had additional funds to invest in our schools, reduce the cost of health care, improve environmental protections, expand economic opportunity, and more.

The year held great promise. Then, with more than half of our legislative session remaining, COVID-19 tore rapidly through Colorado.

We decided to postpone our legislative work until the public could safely participate in their democracy. We hoped to be back within two weeks and that didn’t happen.

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