For first time, Colorado budget writers want public input. Here’s a guide to how it works.

The powerful Joint Budget Committee (JBC) will hold its first-ever public testimony to get public feedback on how to spend $30 billion next fiscal year.

Colorado lawmakers debate hundreds of bills each year, but only one must win approval: the state budget.

Known as the “long bill,” the annual spending plan for state government is estimated to reach north of $30 billion for the fiscal year that starts July 1. And the debate about how to spend the money is the most prominent discussion at the Colorado Capitol this year.

Gov. Jared Polis has outlined a plan to spend $227 million to implement full-day kindergarten statewide, but lawmakers remain uncommitted and point to other priority areas, such as transportation.

The powerful Joint Budget Committee on Monday will, for the first time, give the public the chance to testify about how the state should spend the money. The budget hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Legislative Services Building, south across East 14th Avenue from the Capitol.

Colorado lawmakers debate hundreds of bills each year, but only one must win approval: the state budget.

Known as the “long bill,” the annual spending plan for state government is estimated to reach north of $30 billion for the fiscal year that starts July 1. And the debate about how to spend the money is the most prominent discussion at the Colorado Capitol this year.

Gov. Jared Polis has outlined a plan to spend $227 million to implement full-day kindergarten statewide, but lawmakers remain uncommitted and point to other priority areas, such as transportation.

The powerful Joint Budget Committee on Monday will, for the first time, give the public the chance to testify about how the state should spend the money. The budget hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Legislative Services Building, south across East 14th Avenue from the Capitol.

“There have been accusations in the past that the Joint Budget Committee doesn’t have the most open and transparent process, so I think we’ve made great strides in trying to open up the budget process to make sure it’s transparent and accountable,” said Sen. Dominick Moreno, a Commerce City Democrat and the committee chairman who requested for public testimony.

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Article written by “The Colorado Sun” – The Colorado Sun’s Capitol Sunlight project
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February 4, 2019 – Monday – 1:30PM – 3:30PM
Joint Budget Committee (JBC) Taking Public Testimony
Location: Legislative Services Building – 3rd Floor, JBC Committee Room
Address: 200 E 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80203