This is why Americans are done with Washington. Do we agree on everything? Of course not. But at the state level, government still sort of works. The key word is "compromise." I wonder sometimes if the requirement to actually balance a budget helps with the politics.
Colorado House OKs $19 billion budget on rare 64-1 vote
The Colorado House today approved a $19 billion state budget on a 64-1 vote, a rare feat of near unanimity on the state's annual spending plan.
Democrats and Republicans hailed the budget, which is for the 2012-13 fiscal year that begins in July, as the result of compromise from both parties.
The only dissent came from Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, who told The Denver Post he didn't think the budget his colleagues crafted was fiscally prudent enough.
"We don't sort of save for the future," Holbert said.
But multiple Republican lawmakers said Holbert had been pouting since a Monday morning caucus when he wanted to propose a budget amendment dealing with abortion and was shot down by his colleagues.
Holbert denied that discussions over his amendment had anything to do his vote.
The support for the budget this year was even more overwhleming than last year, when record numbers of Republicans voted in favor of the 2011-12 budget, which passed on 50-14 in the House.