Colorado State Government Budget to Increase by $1.7 Billion for 2015-16 yet still doesn't catch up to 2011-2012 spending???
VetTheGov from time to time keeps tabs on the Colorado State Drunken Sailors Spending Accounts and some interesting findings always leave VetTheGov perplexed on the budget feel good campaign by Governor Hick and elected and appointed friends on both sides of the isle. A quick side note is that the Colorado Revenue Collection has almost doubled from 2004 ($8.3 Billion) to 2014 ($13.1 Billion) with most of it coming during the worst recession since the great depression.
Here are the highlights that draw concern and just simply don't add up with actual spending. Here is an excerpt from the Colorado Transparency web page where the information being offered was located:
One important financial accountability measures for State government is a comparison of actual expenditures to the final spending authority appropriated by the State General Assembly. The Budget-to-Actual comparison reports on this page provide line-item budget detail that aligns with the State’s Long Appropriations Act, which sets the format for other budget documents and is also known as the Long Bill; they tie to the audited summary Budget-to-Actual schedules presented in the Required Supplementary Information section of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report each year.
2015-2016 Colorado Governor Hickenlooper Budget Request
2011-2012 Actual Expenditures vs Budget Grand Totals
How is that the 2015-2016 Budget of $26.8 BILLION doesn't even equal Total SPENDING of $28.8 BILLION or even the Total Spending Authority of $34 BILLION in the fiscal year 2011-2012? Enquiring minds would like to know how this game gets pulled off each and every year by the brilliant folks we elect and whom the State hires with educated paper credentials!
Another interesting point of emphasis for VetTheGov has been on the Department of Human Services (DHS). Governor Hick shows on the above 2015-2016 Budget a $1,917,726,350.00 price tag for the agency which covers an additional 132.8 NEW FTE's (Full Time Equivalents) bringing the grand total for the department to 5038.9 FTE's. However when looking back to the 2011-2012 actual spending for DHS combining General Fund, Cash Fund, and Fed Funds they add up to $2,646,793,504.00. Interesting Math indeed being played out right before your very eyes!
Here are those 2011-2012 numbers for reference.
Please contact your local Colorado Representatives and Senators and ask them why they vote YES on the Governor's budget each and every year when the numbers simply don't add up!!! Also ask them why Revenue/Taxes continue to rise for Big Government? Please post your responses here at VetTheGov if you actually care to ask any of them. Thanks for reading VetTheGov and hope you enjoy the content!