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Colorado: Economic recovery brightens budget picture

Hickenlooper continues push to streamline state government

Increased revenues will bolster funding for education and social services.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — State lawmakers got a first look at Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed FY 2013-14 budget last week, including increased funding for K-12 education, as well as restoration of funding to other critical programs that saw cuts in recent year.

The FY 2013-14 proposed budget is $21.9 billion, of which $8.1 billion is from the General Fund. Relative to the FY 2012-13 appropriation, these amounts represent increases of $1.1 billion (5.4 percent) in total funds and 5 percent ($387 million) in the General Fund.

“Colorado’s economy is outperforming other states,” Hickenlooper said. “This gives us the ability to restore some cuts and modestly increase funding in critical areas of the state’s budget. But we still have a long way to go to fully recover from this recession.” Continue reading

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White House OKs federal disaster aid for Colorado

Federal aid for Colorado’s wildfire disasters has been approved by the Obama administration.

*Read: Colorado Western Slope firefighting resources stretched

Federal funds will help with emergency work and rehabilitation efforts

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Thursday evening that Colorado’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration has been received, reviewed and accepted by the White House.

“This evening we learned from the White House that our disaster declaration request has been accepted. We appreciate the quick review and response,” said Hickenlooper. “With this funding we will be able to provide much needed assistance to our communities affected by wildfires.”   Continue reading

Colorado governor requests federal disaster status

Federal aid could bolster state efforts

A small wildfire burns at Keystone, Colorado in June 2011.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper today requested President Barack Obama to declare a federal state of disaster in Colorado due to the widespread wildfire damage in the state.

Colorado’s congressional delegation said it’s in full support of the request.

Requests for a disaster declaration by the President must be made by the Governor of the affected state. Once the declaration is made, it would make available a number of Federal programs to assist in the response and recovery efforts. Continue reading

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