Cuts To Colorado Agencies Weighed In Budget

March 28, 2012 12:00 AM

Cuts To Colorado Agencies Weighed In Budget
" DENVER (AP) – Lawmakers are deadlocked over whether to cut spending at Colorado state agencies, a move Democrats and the governor’s office warn will prompt layoffs in what has become the latest flashpoint in budget negotiations.

Budget writers are getting closer to finalizing the budget, and removed a big obstacle earlier this week when they said they would not pursue eliminating a nearly $100 million property tax break for some seniors. Many believed that would be the issue to gridlock the budget because Republicans wanted the keep the tax break, while Democrats said the state couldn’t afford it.

Now the improving revenue picture that allowed lawmakers to take the tax break off the table is also making Democrats revisit a vote last month to cut 2 percent across all state departments, a decision members of the party say was made when the budget outlook was dire.

“I cannot see why we would lay people off in a recovering economy,” said Democratic Sen. Mary Hodge, a member of the Joint Budget Committee. Republicans are skeptical the cut will trigger mass layoffs "

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