Lawmakers starting grim work of cutting Colorado budget

By Bente Birkeland


A clearer picture is starting to emerge of the deep budget cuts Colorado will likely face to backfill a possible $4 billion hole dug by COVID-19. It is likely to impact everything from affordable housing to health care, to oil and gas regulations, and schools, to transportation and water projects.

When the bipartisan Joint Budget Committee returns to the state capitol to begin the process of finalizing the budget, they’ll brace for a dire financial landscape and an unenjoyable task.

They must begin to decide which programs will be hit worst, and hardly any part of the state government will be spared.

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