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Colorado legislators plan bill to pay for study on federal push to close military bases

March 6, 2014 Updated: March 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm
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DENVER - Senate President Morgan Carroll and Senate Republican Leader Bill Cadman will introduce a bill in coming weeks that would commission a study preparing for a federal push to close and consolidate military bases.

Carroll, a Democrat from Aurora, said there is bi-partisan commitment to make a case for Colorado's military installations as the nation prepares for massive budget cuts proposed in the Department of Defense.

The Pentagon on Monday formally requested a round of base closures in 2016, a process known as a Base Realignment and Closure Commission. That announcement followed news of $900 billion in defense budget cuts over 10 years.

That prompted Colorado Springs lawmakers to take note.

Cadman, of Colorado Springs, is working on the study with Carroll.

"It affects the whole state, but particularly Aurora and Colorado Springs," Carroll said. "It's a potential multi-billion dollar impact to the state as far as what happens in the future base realignment and closure."

Aurora is home to Buckley Air Force Base and administrative offices at the former Lowry Air Force Base.

El Paso County is home to Fort Carson, Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and the Air Force Academy. It's estimated the military accounts for 40 percent of the economy.

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Gazette Military Reporter Tom Roeder contributed to this story.

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Contact Megan Schrader

719-286-0644

Twitter: @CapitolSchrader

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