- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Senate has begun debate on a $28.9 billion state budget proposal that calls for significant investments in roads, schools and the public pension fund.

The budget package passed the Democrat-led House of Representatives last week after lawmakers tacked on more than a dozen amendments, boosting funding for substance abuse treatment programs, affordable housing and school security among other public services.

But all of the House changes were removed in a Senate committee. That clears the way for the Republican-controlled Senate to put its own stamp on the spending plan for next fiscal year, which begins July 1.


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Lawmakers have filed 84 amendments for consideration Wednesday afternoon. Any differences between the House and Senate versions would be reconciled in conference committee before the budget bill can become law.

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