budget http://krcc.org en Capitol Conversation: State Budget Enters Final Stages http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-state-budget-enters-final-stages <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: verdana; line-height: normal;">The state’s 23 billion dollar budget has cleared both legislative chambers. Now it’s up to lawmakers on the joint budget committee to iron out any differences. In this week’s capitol conversation Bente Birkeland sits down with statehouse reporters to discuss the major highlights in this year’s budget.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:25:43 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17359 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: State Budget Enters Final Stages State Senate Passes Bi-Partisan Budget http://krcc.org/post/state-senate-passes-bi-partisan-budget <p>The state senate has passed the annual budget – and it cleared the chamber with more Republican support than in previous years. As Bente Birkeland reports, a conference committee will now meet to iron out differences between the versions the two chambers passed.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:46:23 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17269 at http://krcc.org State Senate Passes Bi-Partisan Budget State Senate Adds Money for Aerial Firefighting Fleet http://krcc.org/post/state-senate-adds-money-aerial-firefighting-fleet <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Colorado’s $23 million budget is nearing the end of its legislative journey after floor debate in the senate Thursday. As Bente Birkeland reports, the senate made one noteworthy change to the house’s version.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:45:19 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17224 at http://krcc.org State Senate Adds Money for Aerial Firefighting Fleet Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet http://krcc.org/post/budget-may-douse-state-aerial-firefighting-fleet Lawmakers on Colorado’s powerful joint budget committee are skeptical about finding money for an aerial firefighting fleet for the upcoming wildfire season. A report from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control recommends spending $33 million on spotter planes, small air tankers, helicopters, and leasing large air tankers for wildfire season.<p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:50:26 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17157 at http://krcc.org Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet Capitol Conversation: The Upcoming Budget Debate http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-upcoming-budget-debate <p>Lawmakers in the statehouse are gearing up to debate the budget in the coming days. As part of our weekly capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about what to expect and what makes this year's dynamic different.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:51:49 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16711 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: The Upcoming Budget Debate State Budget Forecast is Stronger than Anticipated http://krcc.org/post/state-budget-forecast-stronger-anticipated <p>Colorado lawmakers learned today that the state’s economy is stronger than expected and they’ll have more money to spend in next year’s budget.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past few weeks, the grumblings around the state capitol were that the revenue forecast would be lower than anticipated. Instead, it’s $61 million higher.</span></p><p></p><p>“Right now you have a lot of flexibility in the budget because revenues are growing,” said Natalie Mullis, the state’s non-partisan chief economist.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:28:30 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16471 at http://krcc.org State Budget Forecast is Stronger than Anticipated Capitol Conversation: Health Bills & the Budget http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-health-bills-budget <p>A number of controversial healthcare bills are up for debate at the statehouse this legislative session.&nbsp; For this week’s Capitol Conversation, statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland&nbsp;talks to reporters about some of them, and also talks about one of the biggest budget fights going forward.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:05:06 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16423 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Health Bills & the Budget Report: State Budget Picture Unbalanced http://krcc.org/post/report-state-budget-picture-unbalanced <p></p><p>Colorado’s budget is not structurally sound, according to a new study released yesterday. Economists from Colorado State University say over the long term, the state will spend more money than it receives. As Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, <a href="http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=9431" target="_blank">the study</a> points to a number of causes.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:33:21 +0000 Bente Birkeland 12199 at http://krcc.org Report: State Budget Picture Unbalanced