Highlights and News

Apr 2, 2014

Panel includes part-time students after Bell testimony

It's not every day in policy work that you see immediate results from your advocacy efforts. Such was the case, however, for the Bell's Frank Waterous at the March meeting of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Some of the commissioners cited Frank's testimony on behalf of part-time students in changing their minds on which of four allocation models to approve for merit-based financial aid. Only one of the four models included part-time students in the allocation formula. In the end, the commission unanimously approved that model.

Mar 31, 2014

Small numbers, big impact: Three child-care initiatives

We've been talking about relatively small numbers in the Long Bill that can have a big impact on Coloradans. Here's a good one: $15 million.

That's how much is being proposed – out of a General Fund budget of $9.3 billion – for three child-care initiatives that would benefit children, their families and our entire state.

Mar 28, 2014

Small numbers, big impact: Investing in adult education

This week, we've talked about some numbers in the Long Bill, the state's budget.

Today, we want to focus on a program that's not in the state budget.

We think legislators must find room for a meaningful investment to boost adult education in Colorado. One glaring reason is that Colorado is the only state in the nation that does not provide state funding for adult education, and we are falling behind.

But a better reason is how that investment will help Coloradans, businesses and our economy.

Mar 27, 2014

Small numbers, big impact: $4 million for senior services

We told you previously that it's all about the Benjamins at the state capitol this week and next.

While the legislators are working through the big numbers in the proposed budget, we wanted to let you know about one of the smaller numbers and talk about its impact on the lives of Coloradans.

One is $4 million, small in comparison to a General Fund budget of $9.3 billion. As it stands now, the Joint Budget Committee has added $4 million for senior services provided by the 16 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) across the state.

Mar 26, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Politics kills 'doc fix'

It's amazing how quickly political priorities can overrule good governing. Last month, it seemed that a bipartisan and permanent "Medicare doc fix" was finally in the offing. The fix would replace an existing formula that threatens to impose a 24 percent pay cut on all Medicare doctors starting April 1.(1)

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