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Colorado economists are dramatically cutting the state's revenue forecast because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The move will leave state lawmakers with several tough budget choices when they return from an emergency recess during the pandemic.

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Gov. Jared Polis has unveiled a budget proposal for 2020-21 that would expand the capacity at some state parks and boost spending on school safety in the wake of the deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch.

Polis’ spending plan would also provide about eight weeks of paid family leave for all state employees.

Jim Hill / KUNC

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.

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Colorado's Senate has approved a draft $30.5 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The Senate voted 29-6 on Thursday to send the legislation to the House Appropriations Committee.

Michael de Yoanna / KUNC

Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration unveiled a $31.4 billion budget proposal Thursday morning at the State Capitol. The spending plan is 4.6 percent - or $1.4 billion - bigger than the budget proposal made at this time last year. 

Jackie Fortier / KUNC

The state of Colorado collected $180 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales in the 2016 fiscal year.

But could the well run dry?

As of July 1, 2017, Nevada is the eighth state to sell recreational marijuana -- and it won’t be the last. California, the sixth largest economy in the world, will start selling pot Jan. 1, 2018.

Melissa Webster / KUNC

Caprice Lawless peruses the aisles at the Sister Carmen Community Center and food bank near her home in Louisville. As she draws closer to the produce section, she sees a heap of squash which a volunteer says will not count against her bi-monthly allowance. She heaves one into her shopping cart, just as another volunteer plops down bins of fresh, tiny Brussels sprouts.

“Holy moly!” she exclaims with delight, before bagging up several of them. ”Look at these little tiny Brussels sprouts.”

Lawless is 64. She’s been teaching English and composition at Front Range Community College in Westminster since 1999. She’s an adjunct professor -- meaning she works part-time and receives no benefits.

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Colorado lawmakers are required to pass a balanced state budget every legislative session, but that could prove challenging for the 2016 -2017 fiscal year. The governor’s office of state planning and budgeting submitted a budget proposal to lawmakers last fall. They’ve identified over $926 million in funding needs mandated by new constitutional and statutory demands on the general fund, which makes up the largest part of the budget. But the revenue doesn’t match up.

Jim Hill / KUNC

State lawmakers are set to debate the annual budget, which funds everything from roads and schools, to health care and parks. In 2016, Colorado has a shortfall, so that means making budget cuts. So what are some of the major budget issues? We asked the reporters working the hallways of the capitol to find out.

Jim Hill / KUNC

Colorado's four month legislative session is halfway over. As is normally the case, the only things lawmakers are required to do is pass a budget. Now that we're at the midpoint, attention can turn to the state's impending budget crunch and another hot topic: reclassifying the hospital provider fee under TABOR.

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