Colo. House Approves $20.5 Billion Budget
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado House has approved a $20.5 billion budget that includes more money for schools, colleges and parole officers. The House voted to add nearly $500,000 for more parole officers in the wake of a parolee recently slipping through the cracks in the criminal justice system to become a suspect in the killing of the state's prisons chief. Next year's proposed budget already cleared the Democrat-led Senate. The parole amendment wasn't in the Senate version, so lawmakers will have to keep working. The budget reflects small growth in the general fund, which consists of tax revenue and is the portion of spending that lawmakers control. General fund spending is expected to be at about $8.2 billion next fiscal year, compared to $7.6 billion in the current budget year.