DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis pitched his first budget proposal to lawmakers on the Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday. The budget includes some campaign promises.
Among his funding priorities, a program allowing Coloradans to import prescription drugs from Canada, new oil and gas inspectors and paid parental leave for state employees.READ MORE: Deer Rescued After Getting Caught In Fence
The governor’s biggest request is $227 million for free full-day kindergarten in Colorado.
Polis told CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd the funding identified for that is one of the most stable parts of the budget.READ MORE: Federal Judge Sides With Douglas County Schools On Face Mask Requirements Lawsuit
“We’re also suggesting to the Legislature that this year alone, we leave $92 million unspent. We have a surplus of $92 million. We want to put that into the state education fund to help make sure that we can prevent any cutbacks during a recession,” said Polis.
The budget needs approval from the Joint Budget Committee. Some lawmakers on that committee are concerned the ongoing commitment to full-day kindergarten may not be sustainable.MORE NEWS: Gov. Jared Polis Praises FDA Panel Recommendation Of Pfizer COVID Vaccine For Children