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Big Decisions Await Hickenlooper On His Return

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Gov. John Hickenlooper (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Gov. John Hickenlooper (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is returning from a weeklong trip to Israel, and he will have some big decisions to make when he gets back on the job.

Hickenlooper’s weeklong trip was a personal visit he took at his own expense. While he was away, state lawmakers sent him some bills he will have decide whether to sign. The governor was to return late Wednesday, returning to work Thursday.

The biggest item is a budget for next fiscal year that adds money to K-12 and higher education after years of cuts. But lawmakers rejected a project the governor asked them to fund. They turned down his idea to renovate a former prison in southeast Colorado to transform it into a treatment center for the long-term homeless.

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