Colorado Lawmakers Consider Proposal to Eliminate Cap on Spending

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Colorado lawmakers are considering a proposal to eliminate a cap on spending, a move they say will allow them to quickly restore funding for essential programs once the economy begins to recover.

Changes to tax policy usually require voter approval. But Democratic Sen. John Morse of Colorado Springs says he believes lawmakers have the authority to change the law themselves.

The proposal being considered today by the Senate Finance Committee would eliminate a spending cap known as the Arveschoug-bird limit, after its 1991 sponsors.

The cap restricts annual spending increases to 6 percent for big-ticket items like higher education, criminal justice, schools, corrections and health care.

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