Denver (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are closing in on the hard decisions they have to make to close next year's $786 million budget shortfall.
Members of the joint budget committee plan to come up with their final list of recommendations by noon on Wednesday.
Some of the options include taking $250 million or more from the state-owned workers' compensation insurer Pinnacol and considering selling the company off later.
Senate democrats are also talking about whether the state should cut funding for kindergarten through 12th grade in order to protect state colleges and universities from further cuts. Senate President Peter Groff warned that could put the state at risk of losing the race for extra federal stimulus dollars for education reform.
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