Colorado lawmakers return to work Wednesday, set priorities

DENVER - Colorado Democrats begin the 2014 legislative session with a tenuous grasp on the state Senate after two recalls over gun restrictions. But they still control both chambers, and the direction of new lawmaking term.

Party leaders outline their priorities Wednesday morning during opening day of the session, which runs until May 7.

Democrats say they want to increase funding for higher education, and put caps on tuition increases. Both parties also want to boost aid to English-language learners and increase transparency in school spending.

Democrats control the House by a 37-28 margin. But the recall of two Democrats, including that of former Senate President John Morse, narrowed the Democrats' margin in the Senate to a single vote. They have a 18-17 majority.

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