Hickenlooper’s budget focuses on PERA, K12, higher-ed funding

Author: Marianne Goodland - November 14, 2017 - Updated: November 15, 2017

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday laid out his budget wishlist with the six members of the Joint Budget Committee, focusing on  increased funding for K-12 and higher education, boosting the state’s reserve and finding a way to bail out (again) the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA).

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Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.