Lawmakers peppered Governor John Hickenlooper with economic development questions on Thursday when he presented his budget for next year. The legislature’s bi-partisan joint budget committee is charged with crafting a budget. Similar to recent years, the budget will require significant cuts to government programs. The Governor has also set aside 6 million dollars for economic incentives. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.
State economists are warning that the risks of a double-dip recession are rising in Colorado. A new revenue forecast out Tuesday from the non-partisan Legislative Council shows that the state’s economy is still growing, but at a very slow rate.
According to the latest projection from the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee Colorado will finish up the 2010-2011 budget year with a surplus of more than $300 million. KUNC's Brian Larson spoke to Colorado Statesman Publisher Jody Hope Strogoff about the extra money and what it means for the state.