The first thing to know about the proposed budget for Colorado’s 2021-22 fiscal year is that it’s a whole lot bigger than anyone at the Statehouse had planned for. At $34.1 billion, it’s close to $4 billion fatter than what the state is spending in the current fiscal year. The budget, which will take effect July 1, has been workshopped for five months by the bipartisan Joint Budget Committee and began wending its way through the Statehouse this week. On Thursday, the Senate weighed — and mostly rejected — dozens of amendments. It’ll pass the Senate on Friday and head to the House next week, then eventually to the governor’s desk. Here’s a look at some of the most significant spending proposals in this year’s budget (the figures are subject to change in the coming days), which pays for every state department, and then some. Department of Health Care Policy and Financing: $13.2 billion This agency gets the biggest chunk of the budget every year, by far, as it houses … [Read more...] about Colorado’s budget is nearly $4 billion bigger than last year. Here’s how the state will likely spend your money.