Apr 12, 2013 6:31 PM by JD Downing

Last-minute gridlock on Colo. budget

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are in the midst of last-minute tangling over next year's budget because of $3 million in scholarship money and whether students in the country illegally would benefit.

The state House was set to take a final vote on the budget on Friday but lawmakers are gridlocked over the scholarship money.

Democratic Rep. Crisanta Duran, one of six budget writers, says she wants to make sure students in the country illegally are eligible for the scholarships. Republicans say Duran is making the budget a political issue.

Each chamber has already approved the $20.5 billion budget. But final votes are needed to concur on amendments.

It is possible lawmakers will meet later Friday to settle the issue.


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