Colorado Budget Finalized, Heads To Hickenlooper

April 15, 2014 9:23 PM

Colorado Budget Finalized, Heads To Hickenlooper
" DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers on Tuesday approved a $23 billion budget, sending to the governor a spending plan for next year that pours more money into public education and funds an aerial firefighting fleet.

The House approved the budget on a 38-26 vote with only one Republican voting yes, underscoring what has been a tense process in the chamber. The Senate approved the budget Monday with greater bipartisan support.

In the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins July 1, legislators increased per-student funding at public schools by more than $200 to keep up with inflation and enrollment. The boost brings per-pupil spending to $6,875. Lawmakers also added $100 million to limit tuition increases at colleges.

In addition, the budget sets aside nearly $20 million to pay for a firefighting fleet in the aftermath of historic wildfire seasons.

It is now up to Gov. John Hickenlooper to sign the budget, which reflects an improving state economy. In recent years, lawmakers had to cut school funding and drained the state’s rainy-day fund. Now, they are bringing up the reserves to 6.5 percent, so the fund stands at $576.4 million "

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