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Jan 24, 2012 8:14 PM by Matt Stafford

On jobs, CO lawmakers moving past rhetoric

DENVER (AP) - If there's one thing Colorado's sharply divided Legislature agrees on, it's the importance of jobs.

But Democrats and Republicans are now past the speech-making phase of the session, and their differences on how best to go about improving the economy will come to the fore.

A House committee was scheduled to consider a proposal Tuesday to give universities more money for technology grants. That hearing was delayed, but the parties are far apart on how to boost the economy.

The House Democratic Leader sponsored the technology grant bill. But Republicans have questioned the $5 million estimated price tag for the technology grants. Some Republicans have said the better approach to boosting the economy is cutting regulation on businesses.

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