DENVER (AP) – Hang onto your wallets, Colorado. The Legislature is back in session.

It’s an old joke, but it holds special significance for the 2012 session. This year, it’s all about helping voters’ pocketbooks.

Expect long arguments over the next five months about how to strengthen the economy, chip away at Colorado’s 8 percent unemployment rate, and cut nearly $700 million from the budget.

Republicans and Democrats will push slates of proposals. The fireworks begin when they comb through the details to find common ground – and what’s hot air.

Some lawmakers got an unexpected snow delay. The Senate planned to open an hour late Wednesday because some senators and a youth choir scheduled to perform were running late.

By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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