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Nov 4, 2010 7:21 PM by Greg Boyce

New State House leader wants input on state budget

DENVER (AP) - Republican state Rep. Frank McNulty says he plans to take Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper up on his offer to meet to discuss the budget.

McNulty of Highlands Ranch was chosen to be House speaker after the GOP appeared poised to win a razor-thin, 33-32 majority. Hickenlooper on Thursday told newly elected legislative leaders he will spend the first 100 days of his administration trying to find budget cuts that cause the least damage and provide maximum benefit.

Hickenlooper is facing an estimated $715 million budget deficit when he takes office in January. Gov. Bill Ritter has proposed a $19.1 billion budget that goes to state budget-makers next week for hearings.

Hickenlooper says it's a good starting place, but he plans to offer a compromise he hopes to strike between Republicans and Democrats.

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