Nov. 18, 2011

(Denver) – In his first act as the new leader of the House Democrats, Rep. Mark Ferrandino appointed Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder) to take his place on the Joint Budget Committee.

The JBC writes the state’s annual budget and has had to trim more than $5 billion from state expenditures since the recession struck in 2008. According to the latest projections, the state faces a $500 million shortfall for the next budget.

“I’m honored to be asked to serve on the JBC,” Rep. Levy said. “The state still has serious challenges ahead. While I’m mindful of the fiscal constraints we’re under, I will be striving to protect our most vulnerable populations from debilitating budget cuts while using state revenues effectively and prudently.”

Rep. Levy is in her third term serving House District 13 in Boulder.

“Given her long leadership within the caucus, Claire can step right into the job and continue our work to find a balanced approach to deal with our budget difficulties,” Rep. Ferrandino said. “I know she will fight to protect education funding and create a good environment for job creation.”

Because her new duties will take her away from the House floor for extended periods, Rep. Levy will resign as Democratic whip.

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