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Colo. House, Senate differ on tourism promotion

DENVER ” State lawmakers haven’t been able to agree on how much to spend on tourism promotion during the recession.

Colorado originally planned to spend $20 million on promoting tourism and the arts this year but lawmakers are looking at rolling that back to help balance the budget.

The House has backed spending $15 million but the Senate wants to add on some extra money from gaming taxes. With gaming revenue down, Republican Sen. Al White of Hayden says that would probably mean a total of $18 million.

Senators voted Wednesday to try negotiate a solution with the House.

Democratic Sen. Rollie Heath of Boulder says Colorado needs to keep spending money to compete with Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico.

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