Highlights and News

Mar 20, 2015

This week under the dome: FAMLI, workforce bills

Thursday was a busy day at the capitol for policy analysts from the Bell, with testimony offered on four bills.

Policy analyst George Awuor testified in favor of House Bill 15-1258, which would create the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Program to provide partial pay for eligible individuals who must leave work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition or who are unable to work themselves because of a serious health condition.

Mar 19, 2015

More revenue predicted, but TABOR could impose cuts

State economists project Colorado's economy will continue to grow over the next two years. However, uncertainty over the future price of oil and the impact that current lower oil prices will have on the state's economy are wild cards affecting the long-term forecast.

Revenues for state government are also expected to grow, prompting economists from the legislature and the governor's office to project that TABOR rebates will begin this fiscal year.

TABOR rebates and the Earned Income Tax Credit

Mar 16, 2015

Gap separates white, ethnic low-income working families

Working families headed by minorities are more than twice as likely to be low income as those headed by whites, according to a report released today. Nationwide, the gap between the percentage of white working families that are low income and the percentage of minority working families that are low income is 25 percentage points.

Mar 11, 2015

Graphic: Mid-session update on the Bell's '15 priorities

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Mar 11, 2015

Awuor testifies for review of state tax credits, exemptions

Policy analyst George Awuor urged lawmakers on Wednesday to endorse a committee that would evaluate state tax expenditures and credits. He noted that exemptions and credits are a normal part of the budgeting process but that they are not consistently reviewed to see if they are effective or working as intended.

Awuor testified before the House Finance Committee in favor of House Bill 15-1205, which would create a Joint Tax Expenditure Evaluation Committee.

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