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Colorado lawmakers embrace health care change

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2013 at 4:37 pm •  Published: January 31, 2013
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"It protects the pieces that are left of what we all agree is the highest priority of this state," said Sheryl Frye, who teaches 4th grade in the suburban Denver Cherry Creek school district.

Democrats on the committee said Balmer's proposal unfairly suggested that lawmakers would have to choose between education or health care for the needy. Some Democrats on the panel joked that Balmer should instead have proposed a tax hike to pay for both.

After the joking, Democrats accused the Republican of choosing a sympathetic cause — education funding — to erect limits of future legislators facing tight budgets. Democrats said they don't need reminding that education funding is a top priority.

"Some of my most painful days down here have been when we cut" education, said Sen. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora.

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