Oct 27, 2009 7:12 PM by Associated Press

Colorado has spent a fifth of its stimulus dollars

Colorado has spent about a fifth of its money coming from the federal stimulus law.

State officials announced Tuesday that the state has already spent about $345 million in stimulus money on wide-ranging projects from boosting food stamp payments to paying the salaries of public employees who might otherwise have been fired because of falling tax receipts.

Colorado expects to receive about $1.6 billion from the stimulus law. Authorities say that figure will balloon to about $5.7 billion considering payments that won't come through the state, plus tax cuts.

Colorado's stimulus oversight agency released stimulus data Tuesday before a larger federal report on the status of the stimulus is released Friday.


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