DENVER, CO — Speaker KC Becker announced today that she has appointed Representative Julie McCluskie to the Joint Budget Committee, filling the vacancy left by Rep. Chris Hansen (D-Denver) due to his election to the state Senate. The JBC is responsible for authoring the Long Bill, which sets the state’s annual budget and spending priorities.
“Rep. McCluskie has earned the trust of her colleagues with her strong work ethic, dedication to detail, and bipartisan approach to legislating,” said Speaker Becker (D-Boulder). “Budget writers will face new challenges for the upcoming year, and I am confident that Rep. McCluskie is ready to join her colleagues in handling these challenges and crafting a budget that reflects the priorities of all of Colorado.”
“I am honored to accept this new assignment, and I’m excited to get to work as the JBC crafts a balanced budget that works for all Coloradans and invests in our state’s future,” said Rep. McCluskie (D-Dillon). “I am committed to working across the aisle to develop a budget that prioritizes our schools and teachers, expands access to affordable housing, and helps lower the cost of health care for Coloradans.”
The JBC is currently hearing from state departments and nonpartisan General Assembly staff experts and state departments on supplemental requests related to the current year’s budget. The committee will begin decisionmaking for the next year’s budget during the first week of February.
Rep. McCluskie lives with her family in Dillon. She represents HD 61, which includes parts of Delta, Gunnison, Lake, Pitkin, and Summit counties. During her first session at the legislature, she sponsored legislation, now law, to reduce the cost of health care, increase protections for mobile park residents, and expand access to early childhood development services. Passionate about public education, Rep. McCluskie spent the better part of a decade working for Summit School District, providing strategic communications and community engagement services. Her full biography can be found here.