The West Steps: How to spend $30 billion

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 5, 2019

Our Government Affairs Director, Riley Kitts, explains how six people decide to spend Colorado’s entire $30 billion public budget in one year. You’ll be surprised about the time it takes for the “long bill” to come together, and some of the maneuvers legislators attempt to direct money to their priorities. It’s the one bill that legislators are required to pass and many other bills depend on it. It moves fast, and a lot is on the line in the few intense days it is debated.


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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit