Highlights and News

Apr 11, 2014

Success from the session: Protecting Colorado seniors

Colorado's senior citizens can breathe a little easier these days.

Gov. John Hickenlooper this week signed a bill that will protect more at-risk elders in our state from abuse. The legislation, Senate Bill 14-098, which was suggested by several district attorneys, clarified language to make last year's landmark legislation more effective.

Apr 10, 2014

Tell lawmakers to back adult education, literacy programs

Colorado is the only state in the nation that invests no state money – none! – in adult education and literacy programs, and we're asking your help to keep us from falling even further behind.

This is important for Colorado workers, employers and our economy.

Apr 8, 2014

Bell's Awuor testifies for accountability for tax preparers

Policy analyst George Awuor testified today in favor of a bill that aims to protect Coloradans from incompetent and unethical tax preparers.

The proposed legislation, House Bill 14-1285, would require professional tax preparers to disclose to taxpayers their qualifications, fees and year-round contact information; it also would require them sign all prepared tax documents and to state their willingness to represent a taxpayer in a government audit.

Apr 8, 2014

It's Equal Pay Day – 98 days of catching up for women

Today is Equal Pay Day.

This is the day – the 98th day of 2014 – that marks the extra time women have to work, on average, to equal the pay men earned in 2013. That's more than three extra months of doing the same work but earning 77 cents for each dollar earned by men.

This gender discrimination in the workplace has been a long-term problem, easing only slightly over more than 50 years. When the Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, women working full-time, year-round jobs earned 59 cents for each dollar earned by men.

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.

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