(April 14) – Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, lamented today’s vote in the Joint Budget Committee to deny funding for a highly successful program to reduce teenage pregnancy in Colorado.
The JBC, meeting as a conference committee to resolve variations in the state budget for the next fiscal year, deadlocked 3-3 on the $5 million appropriation requested for HB15-1194. The bill, with the bipartisan sponsorship of by Reps. Becker and Don Coram, R-Montrose, would continue a state program to provide contraceptives to low-income Colorado women.
“This is a common-sense, bipartisan program that has improved the lives of thousands of Colorado women,” Rep. Becker said. “Every dollar spent on this program has saved the state six times more in social services dollars that it didn’t have to spend dealing with the social and economic consequences of teenage pregnancy.”
“I’m shocked that the Republicans on the JBC would be so shortsighted,” Rep. Becker said. “Fortunately their action doesn’t kill the bill Rep. Coram and I will be bringing to the House floor. We will fight for this program in the House, and with our Senate supporters we will do everything we can to rescue this program as it moves through the Senate.”