Mar 31, 2010 8:41 AM by Associated Press

Colorado lawmakers call for reform in budget debate

A bipartisan pair of Colorado legislators nearing the end of their terms are offering budget fixes for future lawmakers.

House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann and Minority Leader Mike May say their package of bills would help ease recurring budget crises.

May says none of the ideas is new, but this is the first time legislative leaders have come together to put together such a package.

He says requiring municipalities to participate in transportation projects would help with transportation funding.

The Republican from Parker also says he wants to allow the Department of Corrections to close prisons without lawmakers' permission -- a politically unpopular decision for a legislator.

For higher education, lawmakers are looking at a plan to streamline admissions.

A Colorado State University professor says even if the measures don't pass, it gives lawmakers a place to start.


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