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Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013

The Legislature makes the final call on budgeting, but the governor's suggestions are taken seriously because he will ultimately sign or veto the budget. The general fund that lawmakers control is expected to grow to $8.1 billion next year, up from about $7.6 billion last year.

The 2013-14 budget will likely be the first in years with no major cuts and more money for schools and colleges.

Hickenlooper's other requests Friday included:

— $22 million to improve Colorado troubled child welfare system;

— Almost $1.7 million is various technology upgrades to the state's data network and billing procedures;

— $3.7 million to upgrade a state radio system that allows two-way communication for fire departments, police and other government services; and

—$2 million for improvements to the Capitol and surrounding buildings.