For years, literally, congressional Republicans called on the Democratically controlled Senate to pass a budget. They marked the days, reaching more than a thousand before the Senate finally did pass a budget earlier this year. Now Democrats are borrowing a page from the playbook, counting the days since the Senate passed a budget and demanding a conference committee.

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The state budget cleared the House today after a testy debate the night before. It passed with nine Republican votes, unlike the Senate, where it had no GOP support. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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State lawmakers are in the middle of debating the annual budget. And even though there’s more money than last year, Republicans are not happy with the bill. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland discusses the politics behind the budget and what’s driving the discussion.

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The only requirement for Colorado lawmakers during the annual legislative session is passing a budget. And unlike previous years there won’t be cuts for programs like K through 12 schools, state contractors and public employees. But as Bente Birkeland reports, debate in the senate yesterday was still extensive.

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State lawmakers are expected to debate the budget this week. It begins in the senate, and as Bente Birkeland reports, this is the first time in years the legislature will be able to significantly restore some cuts.

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The Budget, sequestration, and how it all began. Former NPR Congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook examines the sequestration as part of her new project, DecodeDC.

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With the flip of a switch yesterday afternoon, the mayor of Colorado Springs illuminated an intersection and closed the book on a dark chapter of the city’s recent budget history. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin was there for the drumroll and has this report.

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For the first time in years, the upcoming state budget will not be centered on making deep cuts. Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled his budget proposal today. It doesn’t include any major cuts and instead asks lawmakers for more money for education and economic development projects. State employees would also see a pay raise. Bente [...]

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The city is holding its annual e-town hall tomorrow (Thursday) for public input on the proposed 2013 budget. Click inside for details on how to participate.

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Governor John Hickenlooper signed the state’s more than 7 billion dollar budget today. It has widespread support from members of both parties…Mitt Romney is making his first campaign appearance in Colorado since February’s caucuses…The National Weather Service is forecasting 6 to 12 inches of snow at the highest elevations of America’s Mountain through tomorrow morning.

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach is seeking more than 3 million dollars from an emergency fund for city maintenance and departmental improvements…

University of Colorado regents have unanimously approved a 5 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students in Boulder next fall.

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Colorado’s 2012/2013 budget remained largely unchanged after a debate in the state senate yesterday. Lawmakers offered about half as many amendments as the house, which passed the budget last week. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The state’s budget is nearing the end of its legislative journey. It’s already cleared the Republican controlled house with near unanimous support. Now the Democratic controlled senate will debate it.

A task force has failed to settle a dispute between Colorado communities and the oil and gas industry over who has the ability to [...]

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Next fiscal year’s 19 billion dollar state budget cleared the house today with only one no vote…

The state task force charged with examining jurisdictional conflicts over oil and gas drilling regulations is recommending more collaboration between Colorado and local governments…

The Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition, or PPFC, plans to hold a congressional candidate [...]

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The state budget got its first airing on the full house floor yesterday. Lawmakers offered dozens of amendments to the roughly $19 billion bill. The more than nine hour debate covered everything from education and prisons to public funding for vasectomies. But as Bente Birkeland reports, most of the contentious issues had already been [...]

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After a heated debate over proposed cuts to state agencies, lawmakers on the joint budget reached a compromise yesterday. The committee is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, and is pushing up against a deadline to introduce the budget next week. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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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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The state budget committee reached an impasse yesterday and tempers flared when Democrats and Republicans couldn’t agree on a proposed across the board cut to state agencies. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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In case you missed the segment of last week’s This American Life that added the all-too-familiar treatment of Colorado Springs’ recession budget woes, complete with the usual cast of characters including streetlights, medians, etc., you can listen to it, HERE.  Despite the well-tread ground that the story covers, there is some fresh [...]

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If state lawmakers don’t pass a budget on time they won’t get paid. That’s the premise of a bill currently under consideration in the senate. Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer is the main sponsor, and while it passed its first test yesterday, Bente Birkeland reports that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle remain [...]

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Republicans at the state house say a bill that’s costing Colorado nearly $165,000 every day it doesn’t pass will soon be debated on the floor. The non-controversial measure has been sitting on the calendar for weeks. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy electricity from a 67-megawatt wind project planned in northeast Colorado…The Fort Lyons medium-security prison is now closed, the Chieftain reports.

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A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with the alleged murder of a fellow soldier found in her barracks in early January…Students at Trinidad High School staged a protest today as around 200 of them walked out of class for about 45 minutes…and, a Democratic bill that would pump money into universities to market [...]

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