One of the most noticeable partisan applause gaps in Gov. Bill Ritter's State of the State speech came about halfway through when he addressed three tax-slashing and government-limiting measures headed to the November ballot.
'We started the discussion with Ref C. We made significant progress last year by loosening the knot of conflicting fiscal mandates with Senate Bill 228,' Ritter said, referring to a 2009 bill Republicans hated that removed a spending limit on the state's general fund. 'But we have a long way to go before we completely untie the knot. We must keep the dialogue going in order to achieve smarter, more sensible and modern budgeting.'