House approves $20.5B Colo. budget for next year

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado House has passed a $20.5 billion state budget for next year after acrimonious finger-pointing from both parties about playing partisan games.

The budget cleared the House in a 45-18 vote on Friday. Only nine Republicans voted yes.

The budget for the upcoming fiscal year begins July 1. It will increase spending per pupil at public schools, but the exact figure will be determined later. State employees will also get a pay increase of 2 percent -- the first hike in four years.

Minority Republicans accused Democrats of playing games with GOP amendments. Speaker Mark Ferrandino countered by reminding Republicans that they filibustered a civil unions bill last year when they were the majority party.

Both chambers have passed the budget, but they still must rectify differences in the spending plan.

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