A topic of discussion that will forever be heated is the state budget. With a budget comes deficit: a billion dollar deficit. The question Coloradans are asking: "what will they cut next?" There is no easy answer and there is no quick fix to Colorado's state budget deficit. The one inevitable thing is that more jobs will be cut.
Lois Court, State Representative from House District 6, spoke to a small yet very passionate and knowledgeable crowd at Representative Joe Rice's campaign office in Littleton on July 13.
Representative Court started out the discussion with a Denver Post article that described possible areas where the state could cut funding. The article suggested cutting out all generally funded state jobs. Those jobs include public health, law, military personnel, and local affairs to name a few. Cutting all those jobs would just make a small scratch on the surface of Colorado's deficit.
A reoccurring comment from the public is cutting government waste, but Rep. Court says there are not many funds that can take the cut.
"We (state government) could be as efficient as we possible could with cutting funds, but we could not reach a billion dollars," said Rep. Court.
The main focus of the 2011 session will have to be figuring out how to eliminate the debt without eliminating too many jobs. This will produce interesting results from both parties. There will be amendments and propositions on November's ballot claiming to increase jobs in Colorado. With any proposed change to the Colorado Constitution comes skeptics.
Representative Court believes Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 will hurt Colorado by killing more jobs.
"If Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 pass, the outlook of Colorado will be why bother?" said Rep. Court. "Collectively, thousands of private jobs will be lost."
According to Don'tHurtColorado.com, a site sponsored by Coloradans for Responsible Reform, "They (Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101) promise tax relief, but the fine print delivers a reckless package of deceptive job killing proposals that will increase class sizes in school across Colorado and hammer our small. 70,000 jobs will be lost in our sputtering economy, pushing Colorado deeper into recession."
The November election will produce interesting results, to say the least. Coloradans want to save existing jobs and create new ones, not eliminate them. The question is, is that a reasonable request when the state is deep in debt? If you have any comments or ideas to help Colorado, please contact your State Representative and/or Senator. Also, a great site to see both sides of ballot issues is ballotpedia.org.
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