Today, the Senate Republicans fought and voted for a budget amendment that would hurt working Coloradans as the economy continues to recover. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats fought for economic development projects.
Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo), who serves on the Capital Development committee, worked with the budget committee to secure additional funding for multiple projects, ensuring work will be done at CSU-Pueblo, Adams State University, Otero Junior College, and Trinidad State Junior College.
“These projects will be an enormous boost to Southern Colorado. Not only will the projects help our public universities and colleges, but they will provide vital construction jobs. These funds are an investment that will pay multiple dividends,” said Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo).
In total, the Senate is giving $194 million to capital construction and maintenance projects.
Conversely, Republican-initiated Amendment no. 30 sought to cut capital construction.
“Coloradans are fighting through the tough economic recovery, and have proven their resiliency. We need to do everything we can to help them in the fight, and I am disappointed that the Republicans have chosen to squander our efforts. Fortunately, we were able to retain programs that will help rural Colorado, tourism, and capital construction,” said Pres. John Morse (D-Colo. Springs).
The Republican amendment would have taken funding from capital construction projects. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, the construction industry has added 12,000 jobs since 2010, and the budget builds on that progress. The amendment would have undermined that progress and possibly halted repairs to the statehouse, eliminating $5 million from the Capital Construction Fund.
The Senate Democrats voted down the economically-damaging amendment, and moved forward with investing in capital construction.
The state budget will move on to third-reading vote tomorrow.