Senate Panel Backs Plan to Ease Spending Limits

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) A proposal to eliminate spending limits on the state budget is advancing at the capitol.

The Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday to back the measure, sending it to the full Senate for debate. All Democrats voted for it, and all republicans voted against it.

Right now, the state’s operating budget can grow by only 6 percent each year. Any leftover money must be spent on transportation and building projects.

The bill would eliminate those limits.

Democratic Sen. John Morse said lawmakers should be able to decide each year what items to spend money on. But Republican Sen. Keith King said he feared more money would be spent on entitlement programs, leaving little for highways.

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