(Nov. 14) – House Democrats on the Joint Budget Committee gave a warm welcome today to Gov. John Hickenlooper and his proposal for a 2013-14 state budget that begins to reduce years of cuts to K-12 education and increases the state’s rainy-day reserve.
“Gov. Hickenlooper’s budget proposal gives us a great starting point,” Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) said after sitting in on her first JBC hearing since being named to the panel last week by Speaker-designate Mark Ferrandino. “We still have budget challenges, but I’m very happy to hear the governor is proposing to fully fund K-12 education.”
Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder), the senior House Democrat on the budget-writing panel, thanked the governor’s office for submitting a proposal that boosts funding for substance abuse and mental health programs. “Treating those people who suffer from those problems before they get into the criminal justice system is money very well spent,” she told the governor.