On the day before Governor Bill Ritter announces major budget cuts,
he stopped in Grand Junction and promised not to forget about small businesses on the Western Slope struggling with the recession.
The Governor spoke one on one with small business owners at a state sponsored seminar at the Double Tree Hotel on Horizon Drive Monday morning. The seminar, called "Surviving Tough Economic Times," offered lending solutions and counseling for small businesses.
In an interview with 11 News, Governor Ritter expressed concern for small businesses, which he said were vital to Colorado's economy.
He also told 11 News he will announce $600 million dollars in budget cuts tomorrow.
"Everything is probably going to take some kind of cut, everything. Nobody is going to be spared in this budget, unfortunataly," Ritter told 11 News on Monday morning.
With those cuts Ritter is promising programs that will create new jobs and help small businesses.
Colorado is facing a $1 billion dollar short fall in the next 18 months.
Tune into 11 News at 5:30pm and 10pm for complete coverage of the Governor's visit to Grand Junction.