Jan 29, 2010 2:08 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado lawmakers begin debate nixing tax breaks

Colorado lawmakers have begun marathon debate on a plan by Gov. Bill Ritter to impose taxes on Internet purchases, junk mail, candy and soft drinks.

The House Finance Committee on Friday approved a bill that would suspend tax breaks for farmers and ranchers.

Troy Bredenkamp, executive vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau, said many farmers and ranchers are struggling financially and they have little chance of passing on cost increases.

House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann, D-Louisville, told colleagues to bring their sleeping bags, tooth brushes and teddy bears when the House takes up 11 measures later Friday to balance the state budget.


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