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Colorado treats marijuana taxes like “a piggy bank.” But now top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas.

Colorado budget writers want to prioritize spending marijuana tax money on opioids and education, but it could mean cuts elsewhere

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To pay for housing and roads, Colorado lawmakers turned to an unusual source: the public’s “lost and found”

Colorado State Treasurer Dave Young, a former legislative budget writer, warns about using reserve accounts and putting budget “at risk”

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$120 million in requests and $40 million in the bank. How an obscure theory helped prioritize the Colorado budget.

State Rep. Chris Hansen made Colorado one of the first test cases for quadratic voting in the public policy realm in the 2019 session

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The $30.5 billion state budget bill is done, and transportation gets a boost

The House and Senate approved the measure after budget writers tapped two reserve funds to cover extra spending

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Republicans are celebrating, but the extra $106 million for transportation in Colorado’s budget is far from a done deal

The budget now heads to the House, where the transportation funds will be stripped. Democrats in that chamber and Gov. Jared Polis aren’t commenting about the money’s future

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What the $30.5 billion Colorado state budget means for you — yes, you

The spending bills for fiscal year 2020 includes pay hikes for state employees, more money for education and dozens of other programs favored by Democrats.

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Colorado lawmakers seek overhaul for troubled $231 million program meant to help kids catch up on reading

The proposed changes follow reports that the READ Act, which has been around since 2012, has failed to produce significant gains

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These numbers describe Colorado’s economic outlook — and whether Polis will get full-day kindergarten

Gov. Jared Polis says there’s enough money to cover the cost of full-day kindergarten, but the state’s budget writers remain unconvinced

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Worried about slowing economy, Democrats look to delay Polis pledge for full-day kindergarten

Democratic lawmakers are considering a phase-in of full-day kindergarten funding, but Gov. Jared Polis opposes the idea