Denver (AP) Colorado House Minority leader Joe Stengel is
accusing a Democratic legislator of violating state law, by
campaigning on state time for a proposal designed to fix the budget. The Littleton Republican has filed a complaint against Pueblo West Representative Buffie McFadyen.
He says she promoted Referenda C and D while on an official, taxpayer–funded trip with the capital development committee to southern colorado this month. McFadyen warned that there would be no state money for building maintenance and repairs if the measures didn't pass. She says she was just being realistic and that the law allows lawmakers to voice their opinions during committee meetings.
Governor Owens, who supports C and D, thinks the complaint will be dismissed once it runs its course. The measures on the November First ballot would allow the state to keep surplus state funds that otherwise would be refunded to taxpayers.
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