Today, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) selected Senator Mary Hodge (D-Brighton) as its Chair for the 2011 legislative session. The JBC is a bipartisan committee charged with the creating a balanced state budget every year. This year the JBC will face a shortfall of more than $1 billion. Senator Hodge was elected unanimously by the Joint Budget Committee’s three Democrat and three Republican members.
“I am honored to have been selected by my colleagues to serve as the chair of this committee,” stated Senator Hodge. “Balancing the budget during an economic downturn is no easy task. It will require decisive, conscientious, collaboration to craft a budget that will support the financial sector, preserve core services, and best serve Coloradans in every corner of the state.”