Gov. John Hickenlooper admits his donors influenced his decisions.
Colorado budget-writing lawmakers gave initial approval to a 3 percent salary increase for state workers amid Republican opposition.
Colorado lawmakers are trying to decide if state workers should get the 3 percent pay raise they’ve been seeking.
Colorado government employees will see their first pay increases in four years when they get their latest paychecks. It’s a sign that the state is continuing its economic recovery after the recession.