Governor Signs $17.8 State Budget

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Denver (AP) Democratic Governor Bill Ritter signed a state budget that includes his own stamp on the nearly $18 billion spending plan he inherited from Republican Governor Bill Owens.

The budget was already being worked on when Ritter took office. But Ritter said he changed it to focus more on keeping people out of prisons, instead of building new ones, and put more money into mental health treatment.

Ritter did follow Owens' lead by vetoing 88 budget notes from lawmakers detailing how the money should be spent. Ritter told majority Democrats they can't tell him what to do.

Legislators say they probably won't try to override any of the vetoes.

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