The Colorado legislature generates millions of pieces of paper each year, costing the state thousands of dollars in printing costs. In fact, many state lawmakers say they’re buried in paperwork. But as KUNC’s Bente Birkeland reports, much of that paper could one day be a thing of the past.
State lawmakers say it’s a financial hardship to serve in the state legislature, especially for rural lawmakers. This comes as lawmakers are defending an increase in their daily cost of living expenses, at a time when many have opposed similar pay-increases for state employees amid the economic downturn.
The Colorado House of Representatives gave lawmakers who live outside of the Denver area a 22% cost of living increase last week. The measure passed under the radar with no debate. But now some lawmakers are speaking out in advance of the bill heading to the senate.