Colorado's Democrat-led House is debating a $26.8 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 with little leeway for substantial changes.

But that didn't stop lawmakers from offering dozens of amendments Thursday to fund roads construction or to send message statements to their constituencies.

Transportation construction is a top goal for lawmakers this session. So minority Republicans were proposing transfers from a host of agencies to fund roads.

Colorado's Republican-led Senate has already passed its budget version.  After a final House vote Friday, the bipartisan Joint Budget Committee will work on reconciling the two versions.