Highlights and News

Dec 17, 2014

Session is around the corner, and we're primed for action

2015 Legislative PrioritiesThe Bell Policy Center is gearing up for the 2015 legislative session, which begins three weeks from today. As always, we'll be tracking many bills, but more than that, we'll be keeping an eye on the big picture – driving action on issues that expand opportunity for Colorado students, families and businesses.

Dec 4, 2014

Higher ed allocation model emphasizes student success

After months of hard work and brainstorming, including public meetings across the state, higher education officials are nearly ready to present a new model for allocating state funding for Colorado's colleges and universities.

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) will vote today on a "recommended allocation model" to be presented to legislators and the Joint Budget Committee. The Bell Policy Center, which actively participated in the process, supports the new model as a step forward in the way our state allocates funding for higher education.

Dec 4, 2014

Udall, Bennet back Defense on curbing predatory lending

Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet have joined 38 other senators in supporting Department of Defense's effort to curb predatory lending that harms military families.

Both senators signed a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that expresses strong support for the department's effort to update the Military Lending Act and close loopholes to better protect soldiers and their families from abusive lending practices.

Nov 20, 2014

12 charts: Colorado's fiscal challenges in words, pictures

12 charts logoAs legislators begin to write the budget, state economists are projecting that General Fund revenues will exceed the TABOR/Ref C limit. It has been more than a decade since Colorado last hit the TABOR limit, but the consequences are clear: Colorado will be returning tax dollars before restoring the cuts made to vital services.

Nov 14, 2014

Colorado's payday reforms getting national attention

Colorado continues to garner attention for its innovative and successful effort to reform payday lending.

The latest notice is an article in American Banker magazine, which cites Colorado's reforms as a potential model for national rules for payday lending.

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