Wednesday, September 02, 2009

$320 Million Cuts Implemented in Colorado

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's FY 2009-2010 budget balancing plan went into effect yesterday, September 1. Governor Ritter's budget balancing package, which includes $320 million in budget cuts, was submitted to Colorado's Joint Budget Committee on August 24, 2009.

Governor Ritter issued an Executive Order Saturday (August 29) implementing the budget cuts (as the executive order explains, Colorado law requires the governor to issue an Executive Order before such budget cuts can be implemented). This article in the Denver Post mentions that although state law only allows Ritter to order a spending cut for three months, he plans to extend the order for the entire fiscal year. The text of the Executive Order clarifies that it will expire on November 30, and then the governor intends to declare "subsequent Executive Orders issued periodically throughout the remainder of the fiscal year."

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