Jan 27, 2011 6:44 PM by Greg Boyce
DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper is encouraging Secretary of State Scott Gessler to turn over any surplus funds in his office to help balance the state budget.
Hickenlooper said Thursday he is asking all state agencies to return unused funds because the state is facing a $1.1 billion budget shortfall next year, but he can't tell other elected officials what to do.
Gessler told the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee on Wednesday that he plans to keep $3.5 million for the secretary of state's office that his predecessor had offered to lawmakers to help balance the budget.
He said the money came from filing fees businesses paid to the office and the money would be used to help businesses.