Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 7, 20178min712

Colorado’s state budget has jumped by more than 19 percent over the last decade, measured in constant dollars, a free-market think tank says in a report delivered at the Capitol this week as lawmakers weigh next year’s budget. And nearly all of that increased spending has gone to health care,the study by the Common Sense Policy Roundtable found.

Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 3, 20174min258
Here are some interesting numbers from the Common Sense Policy Roundtable from a decade of state budgets. The Senate debated the budget last week, and deliberations continue this week in the House. The Common Sense Policy Roundtable, a collection of mostly moderate Republicans supporting the Greenwood Village-based think tank, released “The Colorado State Budget: Then […]

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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 2, 20168min976

A $28.5 billion state budget proposal that calls for cuts to K-12 education, transportation and hospitals to close a projected budget gap of half a billion dollars indicates over spending, not a lack of revenue, according to a Republican member of the Joint Budget Committee. State Rep. Bob Rankin of Carbondale said, in light of many economic studies and Front Range municipal budgets showing a strong economy with increases in sales tax and other revenue, Gov. John Hickenlooper's proposal indicates more demand than forecast revenue.


Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 17, 20164min370

Amendment 72 promises to further tangle Colorado’s budget. As a member of the Colorado Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, I can assure you that this is the last thing we need. Earlier this year, legislators struggled to balance Colorado’s complicated budget, as is required each year by law, while also providing services that our communities need. Between requirements for education spending, the Gallagher Amendment and other constitutionally-mandated spending, Colorado’s Constitution is a web of conflicting, locked-in, spending requirements.