Long Bill: April 7
The Colorado House debated the state budget, also known as the “Long Bill,” this week. The Long Bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support last week. These debates provided legislators an opportunity to discuss policy priorities for our state and how best to allocate resources.
Notable investments that are a part of the Long Bill include: ongoing funding for the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, continued funding for school-based health centers, increases for K-12 education, funding to expand the School Health Professionals Grant Program, funding for additional maternal depression screenings, funding to continue serving families through the Healthy Steps for Young Children home visiting program, and funding appropriated during the supplemental budget process this year for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), to allow counties to reduce the number of families on waitlists to receive child care assistance.
Amendments to the budget that were proposed in the House, but rejected, would have removed funding for the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, funding to expand the School Health Professionals Grant Program, and funding for statewide assessments in math and English language arts.
The Long Bill is scheduled to be voted on in the House on Monday, and will then go to the Joint Budget Committee to resolve any differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation. The Children’s Campaign will continue to monitor the budget debates and advocate for smart investments to support Colorado’s children.