04/07/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Republicans In Colorado Senate Encourage Budget Cuts, Refuse To Offer Specifics

A rancorous legislative session, aggravated by a budget crisis and a crucial election in November, took another turn Thursday when Senate Republicans called for across-the-board budget cuts instead of a Democratic plan to eliminate tax credits and exemptions.

Republicans offered few specifics on places to cut, saying that should be up to Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter. Democrats countered that the GOP proposal was an attempt to punt the problem to the governor.

This year, the state is bridging a $2.2 billion shortfall and is looking to fill a $1.3 billion hole in the next fiscal year's budget.

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