Colorado lawmakers reached a breakthrough in the state budgeting process today. Budget writers stuck on whether to cut state agencies’ payrolls by 2 percent agreed to reduce the amount to 1 percent, with exemptions for specific departments…and, Falcon School District 49 is considering adding three new administrative positions.

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