State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have long complained about the conflicting parts of the budget that make it difficult to legislate and shift money during economic downturns. A 16-member panel will try to tackle that problem this summer, but committee members say reaching any kind of agreement will be challenging. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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