Governor John Hickenlooper signed the state’s roughly 26 billion dollar budget into law on Friday. Bente Birkeland has more.
The budget received widespread support — even though it didn’t put as much money into key programs as many wanted. Lawmakers were able to work around a more than a half billion dollar shortfall and avoid deep cuts to hospitals. Governor john Hickenlooper says the compromise bill to avoid the cuts was crucial to the overall budget.
A bipartisan committee crafts the budget, and lawmakers praised the model for allowing the budget to come together in time and in balance. It goes into effect July 1st. Hickenlooper didn’t veto any parts of the budget. Healthcare makes up the largest share of spending, followed by education.