May 25, 2021 - News
Colorado Democrats outline how they'll spend $3.8B in federal aid
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis elbow bumps State House Speaker Alec Garnett ahead of a joint address.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (right) elbow bumps State House Speaker Alec Garnett after being introduced by Senate President Leroy Garcia (left) ahead of a joint address Feb. 17. Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Colorado's Democratic leaders sketched a plan Monday to spend $3.8 billion in federal stimulus dollars, promising to sprinkle the money across all their policy priorities.

  • Not one Republican lawmaker stood with them.

What's new: Specifics are sparse but Democrats outlined $2 billion that they plan to allocate over the next three weeks.

The priorities include:

  • $1 billion toward the state budget, to prepay obligations and address prior cuts
  • $400 million for infrastructure projects, including transportation and parks
  • $100 million to address mental and behavioral health

What he's saying: The money from the American Rescue Plan Act "is a big friggin' deal," Gov. Jared Polis said, and represents "a once-in-a-generation opportunity."

  • The stakes make the lack of GOP support notable, but the governor said he expects "many pieces of this will be bipartisan."

What's next: The remaining $1.8 billion is being set aside for spending after the 2021 legislative term, which ends by June 12, and additional hearings.


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