- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

DENVER (AP) - Colorado’s Democrat-led House has tentatively endorsed a budget for the next fiscal year after rejecting a host of Republican attempts to boost transportation funding.

A final vote on the $26.8 billion budget for the year beginning July 1 is expected Monday. That would send it to a conference committee to reconcile differences with the budget bill passed by the Republican-led Senate.

Republicans presented numerous amendments to transfer funds from various government departments and programs to transportation, deemed a top priority this session.

All failed, with legislative leaders betting on two pending bills to boost transportation funding - one with a state sales tax hike, the other without.

Lawmakers also hope to find funding for rural hospitals, which stand to lose crucial federal and state aid under a legislative budget-balancing compromise.

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