- Associated Press - Thursday, April 4, 2019

DENVER (AP) - Colorado’s House is considering a proposed $30.5 billion state budget, with transportation spending the biggest point of contention between minority Republicans and majority Democrats.

At the insistence of the GOP, the Democrat-led Senate added $106 million to transportation in its version of the bill, diverting the money from other programs.

That brought to $336 million total general fund spending on roads for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

House Minority Leader Patrick Neville wants to keep that intact during Thursday’s debate.

Speaker KC Becker wants to eliminate the $106 million, arguing it harms education needs.

Colorado has an estimated $9 billion backlog in transportation projects.

The budget includes $185 million for full-day kindergarten for school districts and families that want it this fall. Colorado now guarantees half-day funding.

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