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For DelGrosso, The 2016 Legislative Session Needs To 'Stay Focused' On Colorado

Bente Birkeland

Heading into the 2016 annual legislative session Colorado lawmakers will debate a host of topics from energy and water, to the budget and schools. For House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland), the session – which begins Jan. 13, 2016 – will be dominated both by the budget and potentially the politics of a presidential election year.

House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso discusses the '16 session Bente Birkeland

Interview Highlights With Brian DelGrosso

On The Impending Election Year

"The reality is we don't really have any control here in the state of Colorado at the state Legislature over what happens in Washington D.C. We don't really have any control over the presidential election. We need to make sure we stay focused on the state of Colorado."

On The State Budget

"It looks like the revenue is going to come in lower than projected and for what we needed to basically fund all of our mandated spending, so I think you're going to see cuts that will have to happen this year."

On Allowing Full Strength Alcohol And Beer Sales In Grocery Stores

"I think that's probably something best that's dealt with outside the legislature."

Copyright 2016 KUNC

Bente Birkeland
Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.
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