Denver (AP) - The State Senate plans to vote today on a proposal to change the state's budget rules.
Democrats in the chamber are moving ahead with the measure (Senate Bill 228) after bipartisan talks on a possible compromise broke down last week.
At issue is a state law passed in 1991 that prevents the operating side of the state's budget from growing by more than 6 percent above what was spent the previous year. Any leftover tax dollars must be spent first on transportation and then building construction projects.
The bill would eliminate those requirements and give lawmakers the flexibility to spend more money on state services, such as aid to the developmentally disabled or prisons, and less on roads.
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