At least a dozen new offices have been added to Colorado’s state government over the past three years, stoking Republican fears of runaway growth as the state hurtles toward a possible budget deficit.
The added offices, with ambitious goals like preventing gun violence and saving people money on health care, are a sign of ballooning government spending, some Republicans say, that accelerated when Gov. Jared Polis took office in 2019. Democrats took control of both chambers of the legislature that year.
Polis’ office has requested $2.5 million in the upcoming budget to fund a 19-employee equity office. The spending proposal also would allocate $8.2 million to hire 29…
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