Talks produce healthy budget bill

The Durango Herald – March 31, 2014

Last week, the House debated the state budget, which is known in the Capitol as the “long bill.” This bill funds the state government for fiscal year 2014-15. Unlike the federal government, which may run a deficit, the state must have a balanced budget. Republicans and Democrats convened their respective caucuses to discuss all the components of the “long bill.”
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I was encouraged by an amendment from Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Fort Garland, to address the funding discrepancies between the aforementioned lists. This amendment will place capital construction projects, which were not provided funding in the capital construction bill, on a list to be funded with any available excess money after the budget is balanced.

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