Mar 27, 2013 8:38 PM by Eric Ross
DENVER (AP) - The Democrat-led Colorado Senate gave initial approval to next year's budget, but not without Republican dissent.
The improving economy is giving Colorado lawmakers the power to restore budget cuts from recent years, and Democrats on Wednesday highlighted the additional funding that's going to public schools and colleges next year.
But Republicans say they won't be on board with the spending package. They indicated they're upset with Democratic legislation this year.
Republican Sen. Kent Lambert, one of the GOP budget writers, cited the Democrats' bills this year placing new restrictions on firearms as one reason he will oppose the budget.
Republicans also argued spending is growing too much and wanted across-the-board cuts to state departments.
The general fund budget of $8.2 billion gets a final Senate vote Thursday, before heading to the House.