Setting the budget: The 2019 Long Bill

After many months of negotiations, my fellow JBC members and I have finally approved the 2019 Long Bill. Some of the highlights include:

Education

    • $9 million for Education Leadership Council Priorities

    • $185 million for free full day kindergarten $77 million to buy down the budget stabilization factor

Health Care Policy and Financing

    • $13.9 million increase for services for people with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities to reduce the waitlist

    • $8.6 million for targeted rate increase for personal care and homemaker providers

Higher Ed

    • $121¬†million increase to hold tuition flat for in-state students

    • $65 million in capital development

Human Services

    • $5 million and 47 FTE for services for 42 additional additional inpatient psychiatric patients at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP)

    • $15.6 million increase for staff retention at the Veterans Community Living Center and Youth Services facilities

Natural Resources

    • $10 million for implementation of the Colorado Water Plan

    • $21 million cash funds for 19 additional oil and gas inspectors and support staff

Office of Information Technology

    • Additional $11.8 million for cybersecurity technology

Transportation

    • $230 million total appropriations towards transportation¬†construction, maintenance, and operations

The 2019 Long Bill became law on April 18th, 2019. Thank you to my JBC colleagues for all your hard work over the past 6 months on a budget that reflects our values as a state and makes historic investments in education, transportation and health care.