State Budget

The state budget reflects the Colorado economy, which is recovering slowly, but steadily.   The largest share of the state budget is spent on K-12 public education, prisons and associated corrections work, and Medicaid (health insurance for limited-income citizens).  Relatively speaking, very little remains to be allocated to other services including public colleges, roads and bridges, public health, the judiciary system, and other important state services.  Colorado relies on a combination of federal funds, state income taxes and fees to generate revenue to pay for services.

I support finding ways to be more efficient with the resources we have and providing more money for public education.  Colorado K-12 schools and public colleges had their funding  slashed during the economic downturn.  We need to pay back the deficit in those two areas first because education is the best long-term investment for improving our economy and getting people back to work in good paying jobs.