- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The nominee for Colorado’s next lieutenant governor sailed through her first legislative test Wednesday, when Democratic health care executive Donna Lynne won bipartisan support in her first confirmation hearing.

Lynne told lawmakers she’s work to improve government efficiency and called on Colorado to consider multi-year budgeting, more like the private sector. She said she’d work on improving employment and protecting small hospitals in rural areas, and she vowed that state agencies in the executive branch would do a better job telling lawmakers what they’re up to.

The House committee approved Lynne’s nomination 6-2. She now awaits confirmation by the full House and then the Senate.

Current Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia is leaving state government on Friday to run a private higher-education group. Hickenlooper nominated Lynne last month.

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