DALLAS - Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. will call for a "three-tiered" approach to covering an estimated $600 million budget gap at the General Assembly session that opens tomorrow, an aide said.

The three tiers are base spending cuts of up to $250 million throughout the general fund, borrowing up to $300 million from cash funds made up of service fees, and dipping into the state's reserve fund for another $100 million, spokesman Evan Dreyer said yesterday.

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