Colorado

Dec 15, 2009 9:45 AM by Associated Press

Colorado Republicans target governor's budget plan

Colorado Republicans are vowing to fight plans by Gov. Bill Ritter to eliminate tax breaks and release prisoners to balance the state budget.

Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, a Republican from Fruita, says the Democratic governor could save money by firing many of the 2,000 new state employees he hired and rescinding tough new oil and gas rules that he says cost the state jobs.

Ritter and lawmakers outlined their top priorities Monday for the legislative session that begins Jan. 13, and they all agreed that balancing the budget will be their biggest problem.

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