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Compromise Reached On Roads In Colorado Budget Debate

Jim Hill

Colorado House leaders have announced a deal to spend $300 million for transportation in the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Democratic House Speaker KC Becker and GOP Minority Leader Patrick Neville announced the deal after a negotiating break during Thursday's debate on a draft $30.5 billion budget.

Majority Democrats say it's endorsed by the Senate Democratic and Republican caucuses.

Representatives then approved an amendment directing $70 million from other needs for roads, for a total of $300 million in fiscal year 2019-2020.

Where that $70 million will come from is unclear. Neville says new legislation is required.

Becker says K-12 and higher education spending won't take a hit because of transportation spending.

The Senate's proposed budget had called for $336 million in general fund spending for roads.

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