Long ago memories of the Long Bill
Author: Jared Wright - April 1, 2011 - Updated: April 1, 2011
Congratulations and condolences to those legislators who have volunteered to serve on the Joint Budget Committee and are now struggling to put together the Long Bill. These days, it must be an excruciating process of cutting and slashing to reach a balanced budget with declining revenues.
In our day, there were many tough choices and we did have to make significant cuts in the summer of 1975 because of a sudden drop in state revenues. But for the most part, we were blessed with revenue growth and were able, therefore, to build programs to meet the needs of Coloradans.
So, even though the process was hard work, there was time for laughter, fun and camaraderie and I have the fondest memories of my fellow committee members — Republicans Joe Shoemaker, Sandy Arnold, Ruth Stockton, Art Herzberger, Ted Strickland and Betty Neale and Democrats David Gaon, Paul Sandoval and Jim Kadlecek. I hope that these photos will convey that spirit.
Morgan Smith served on the JBC from 1975 to 1978 and was the chairman in 1976. He currently resides in Santa Fe and in Denver.