Colorado’s economy is slowly recovering and the latest economic forecast shows more revenue than lawmakers had budgeted for. Governor John Hickenlooper announced plans today to use the additional money to reduce cuts to education…and, the state labor department says Colorado’s unemployment rate was 8 percent during November, one-tenth of a percentage point lower than in October.

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