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Lawmakers may look to lottery to help higher education

12:51 PM, May 16, 2010   |    comments
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That is the message from State Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) who answered viewer questions on YOUR SHOW on Sunday morning.

Higher educational institutions are facing a roughly $300 million gap in the next state budget.

Schools like the University of Colorado and Colorado State University have been propped up by the federal stimulus plan, but that money is set to run out soon.

Shaffer says that means creative conversations surrounding the lottery will need to take place over the next year at the State Capitol.

"There were a couple trial balloons that were floated this session that we'll probably come back with next session as well. One was the expansion of the lottery and using some of the spillover funds that don't go to Great Outdoors Colorado programs in our higher educational systems and trying to figure out how to make that work," Shaffer said on YOUR SHOW.

Efforts to put video keno machines in Colorado's bars and restaurants were rejected at the end of this year's legislative session.

Lawmakers did approve a plan to let Colorado's universities raise tuition more than 9 percent annual if they simultaneously increased financial aid to middle and low-income students.

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