Three months ago, Gov. Jared Polis put forward a $1.3 billion stimulus plan and asked Colorado lawmakers to fast-track the measures.
On Thursday, the General Assembly said not so fast.
Instead of inserting the governor’s November spending requests into a supplemental budget package being drafted now, the proposals will move ahead in separate legislation for introduction after lawmakers resume their session Feb. 16.
The Democratic governor and legislative leaders issued a joint statement touting the shared agenda to boost the state’s economy, but the delay represents an admonishment of Polis by lawmakers. The governor’s effort to slip new policies and programs into budget amendments is common practice in Congress, where Polis served for a decade, but violates the norm in Colorado, where such moves generally require standalone legislation and debate.
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