Colorado House finalizes $27B spending plan

Budget-writers trimmed some $73 million from hospitals, part of a complicated arrangement to avoid even deeper cuts later

DENVER | A $27 billion spending plan for Colorado is halfway to the governor’s desk.

The state House voted 39-26 Friday to give final approval to a budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.

The budget includes about $150 million for highway construction and a slight for K-12 schools and public colleges.

There are some cuts, too. Budget-writers trimmed some $73 million from hospitals, part of a complicated arrangement to avoid even deeper cuts later. And the spending package includes fee hikes for people getting new driver’s licenses and other services from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The budget now heads to the Senate. Lawmakers are still wrangling over funding an air-quality office that Republicans fear is improperly working to implement pollution controls from the Obama administration.

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