Colorado lawmakers reach budget deal, to be considered b
A bipartisan conference committee has reached a deal to balance Colorado’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The Joint Budget Committee on Thursday approved several amendments to align competing budget versions that had been passed earlier by the Democrat-led House and the Republican-led Senate.
Both chambers must approve the reconciled $26.8 billion budget before it goes to the governor.
The committee restored funding for a student health survey and allotted funding to help fill vacant oil and gas inspector positions. It also added money so the state could offer information on a new assisted suicide law.
Lawmakers still hope to find a solution this session to help subsidize rural hospitals. Hospital funding was cut drastically to produce a balanced budget, as required by law.