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Report: Colorado Hard Hit By Cuts in President's Budget

February 22, 2007

Colorado will suffer economically under President Bush's proposed 2008 budget, according to a new report from the Washington D.C.-based Center on Budget Policy and Priorities. The report shows the state will lose almost $150 million in federal funding next year for a range of public services, including K-thru-12 education, Head Start and law enforcement.

Kathy White, with the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, believes the budget will negatively impact everyone.

"These are programs that benefit all Coloradans. They benefit very young children, as in Head Start, elderly folks, who receive nutrition aid, and the rest of us who enjoy clean water and

White argues the federal tax cuts included in the proposed budget will benefit the wealthy but not help most of Colorado.

"Despite the rhetoric, this budget actually, in practice, moves us in the opposite direction."

The President says the budget will promote fiscal responsibility and help close the income gap between the wealthy and moderate-to-low-income Americans.

The Center on Budget Policy and Priorities report is online at

Dondrea Warner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - CO