(Nov. 1) – Governor John Hickenlooper released his final budget request for FY 2019-20 today. During the 2018 legislative session, House Democrats successfully worked across the aisle to deliver on their commitments to hardworking Colorado families and to responsibly invest in education funding and infrastructure. House Democratic leadership applauded proposals in the budget request that are focused on those priorities.
“I’m glad to see a number of proposals in this budget request to help hardworking Coloradans, continuing our focus on priorities like making child care more affordable and investing in workforce development to ensure people obtain the skills to get them into good-paying jobs,” said Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver.
“I thank Governor Hickenlooper for prioritizing hardworking Coloradans in this budget request. We look forward to working with the next administration to continue developing a budget that reflects our shared values, and to make responsible public investments in key priorities like higher education, transportation funding, and expanding opportunities for every Coloradan to get ahead,” said Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder.
The legislature successfully boosted education funding this year, adding $500 million to support our schools. This new budget request continues on that work, paying down the “negative factor” by an additional $77 million and adding more funding for targeted investments in teacher shortage solutions. House Democrats have consistently prioritized investments in our Colorado schools and will continue to fight for additional funding for our students and teachers.
Transportation has been another top priority for the House Democrats. As a result of SB18-001 and SB17-267, which were brokered by House leadership, the next budget will add $200 million to address the state’s nearly $9 billion backlog of infrastructure needs. Democrats unanimously supported the bipartisan SB18-001 because it delivered in a responsible way without putting education funding at risk. House Republicans opposed the measure.
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