Jon Nicholas Estes Park Trail Guest column Feb. 5, 2010
Given the continuing budget crisis in Colorado, Democrats would like business to share in some of the pain. Governor Ritter's current budget strategy, however, might explain why he will not stand for re-election.
Gov. Bill Ritter presented his budget for fiscal year 2010-11 to members of the Joint Budget Committee today.
He is requesting a $7.2 billion General Fund budget for fiscal year 2010-2011, which begins on July 1, 2010. This budget closes a $1 billion shortfall between projected General Fund revenues and expenditures and comes on the heels of a $2 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2009-10.
We need to discuss the role of government in our society.
Republican state senator David Schulthesis of Colorado Springs has proposed essentially ending public social services and letting the churches and private charities take care of the down-and-out.
Can we get serious? Vital programs were cut by $320 million in August. Now the Legislative Council says Colorado has to deal with an additional $250 million shortfall for the current fiscal year 2009-10.