Colorado’s state budget drives decisions that affect us all, but it’s long and complicated. We’re here to help.

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No matter what issue you care about in Colorado, chances are the state budget plays a large role in its fate.

The good news: following the budget process from home is easier than ever thanks to live-streamed government meetings and the abundance of public documents available online. The bad? Understanding how public money gets spent can be challenging even for seasoned Capitol veterans.

Still, don’t get discouraged if you get confused by inscrutable terms like the long bill and figure setting. Nonpartisan groups like the Colorado Legislative Council staff have in-depth guides for both beginners and experts if you have questions about a specific area. And we’ve compiled this guide to the basic budget terms you should know first.

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