GOP lawmakers want Ritter budget documents

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) – Republican state lawmakers say they’re frustrated because Gov. Bill Ritter has refused to share suggestions from his Cabinet on proposed budget cuts. They say they’ll be the ones forced to justify the cuts and vote on them in January.

Last week, Ritter’s chief legal counsel, Trey Rogers, rejected a formal request from Republican leaders for a list of budget cuts recommended by Ritter’s cabinet.

He says Ritter needs to keep the recommendations confidential to ensure that he gets candid advice from his staff.

Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, who is hoping to unseat Ritter, is among those seeking the documents. He says Ritter is depriving lawmakers of the information they need to make informed decisions to cut another $240 million from this year’s budget.

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