Denver Post, (May 6, 2009)
Colorado lawmakers wrapped up the 2009 session Wednesday with fights over death and taxes.
Most lawmakers agreed the biggest accomplishment of the session was balancing the state's $17.9 billion budget, a feat that required draining as much as possible from cash funds and reserves, trimming spending and raising revenue where possible.
"It was a lot of tough choices and no good choices," said Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, a member of the Joint Budget Committee. "It was trying to weigh what was the least-worst choice."