AP Newsbreak: State Agencies Suggest Major Cuts If C & D Fail

Denver (AP) Colorado agencies are recommending $256 million in budget cuts next year, including the permanent closing of eleven state parks, and elimination of 210 health department jobs, if voters reject Referenda C and D, but a spokesman for the opposition effort says the proposals are part of a scare tactic to get Coloradans to vote "yes."

The recommendations are spelled out in documents obtained by the Associated Press, following a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

The governor's office prepared two budgets detailing the suggested cuts. The budgets will be presented to lawmakers in November.

Referenda C and D will ask taxpayers to give up $3.7 billion in surplus refunds over five years to address the state's budget shortfall.

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