Today, Senate Democrats voted to pass a budget that increases spending at three times the rate of inflation while funding a bureaucracy that has issued over 14,000 pages of new regulations in 2012 alone.
“I believe we missed a rare opportunity to use increased revenues to retire existing debts and increase funding for transportation and public safety,” said Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs). “This budget became the funding vehicle for implementing destructive public policies and growing bureaucracies.”
Senator Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs) and who sits on the Joint Budget Committee added, “I cannot support a budget that asks for more money for economic development, while at the same time, the Governor has signed bills into law that attempt to criminalize legal gun ownership, force Colorado companies to leave the state and devastate our hunting and tourism industry.”
Some highlights from the Democrat Senate passed budget include:
· Failing to follow Colorado law by not accepting a state salary survey that fails to compare private sector compensation to public sector compensation.
· Continues to fund the Colorado Energy Office after a recent audit discovered that the agency was “unable to demonstrate” that over $250 million in taxpayer dollars was spent “cost-effectively” and of 22 contracts reviewed, 20 had incorrect or missing information.
· Increases unnecessary government spending while preparing to ask Colorado voters to approve a one billion dollar tax increase.
Cadman concluded by saying, “While there are some parts of this budget which are responsive to the needs of the taxpayers, overall this budget fails Coloradans. This is why the Republican caucus voted against it.”