Grantham Applauds Signing of Budget Bill

Denver—Today, President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Canon City) joined Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County), Chairman of the Joint Budget Committee Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs), and Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud) for the signing of Senate Bill 17-254, the Long Bill.

In addition to funding essential state programs and departments, SB 254 prioritized and improved many initiatives that will have lasting effects on the lives of Coloradans.

The Long Bill optimized cyber security, protecting Colorado against potentially harmful cyber attacks, increased per pupil funding in classrooms by $242, and directed $402,060 to combat financial and foreclosure fraud. 

The budget also protects funding for energy assistance programs, continuing to provide direct bill assistance for low-income Colorado families struggling to pay their energy bills. A duplicative program existed in the now defunded Colorado Energy Office.

Additionally, SB 254 directed $2,557,942 in marijuana tax cash funds to combat the grey market--a parallel market in which criminals can exploit unintended loopholes in Colorado marijuana law for ill-gotten gain--and help more Coloradans with substance abuse issues seek treatment. 

"Having served the last two years on the Joint Budget Committee alongside Chairman Lambert, I am particularly appreciative of the months of hard work, dedication, and difficult decisions the members of the JBC carried out for Coloradans," said Grantham.

"The task with which we have charged these six Legislators is not an easy one, and while the document we see before us is not regarded as perfect by any lawmaker in this building, it is a perfect reflection of our state's current values and priorities. From San Juan to Sedgwick, no Colorado town, and no Coloradan is the same. Today, we signed a budget that reflects the melting pot of values that make Colorado strong. Today, we have once again fulfilled our constitutionally mandated duty and provided Colorado taxpayers with a document reflecting who we are, where we have been, and where we are going. While gridlock and partisan politics may reign supreme in other states and in Washington D.C., I am proud that here in Colorado, we are able to put people above politics." 

SB 254 takes effect immediately. 


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