On school spending, Colo. Dems battling each other

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - Possible school cuts in Colorado have prompted some of the first signs of division between Democrats in the Legislature and the Democratic Governor.

Senate President Brandon Shaffer, a Democrat, is taking on Gov. John Hickenlooper over the governor's proposed $375 million cut to public schools. Shaffer says the governor's suggested cuts would have “a dramatic and sustained impact” on school quality. He describes bigger class sizes as “unacceptable.”

Shaffer is asking Democrats who lead Senate Committees to suggest other cuts by March 7 to lessen the cuts Hickenlooper suggested. Hickenlooper's staff was off for President’s Day on Monday and didn't immediately respond.

Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty is siding with Hickenlooper and says that while Republicans don't want to cut education, they're prepared to do it to balance the budget.

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