Highlights and News

Jul 23, 2014

Appeals court rules TABOR lawsuit can proceed to trial

A federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of TABOR, the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, moved another step forward yesterday.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 6-4 decision, rejected an appeal by Attorney General John Suthers, potentially clearing the way for the case to proceed to trial. The attorney general still has the option of appealing directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jul 22, 2014

Colorado gets top marks for long-term services for elderly

Colorado was ranked among the top states for providing Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for long-term care in a recent report from The AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and the Scan Foundation.

Raising Expectations, 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers ranked each state on five different measures and offered possible actions and improvements for both public and private entities.

Jul 21, 2014

Reports: College degree still delivers return on investment

Although the past decade has been a challenging time for recent college graduates, those without a college degree have struggled more. Getting a bachelor's or associate's degree continues to deliver high return on investment, according to two recent reports from the New York Federal Reserve.

Jul 18, 2014

Data breaks down long-term unemployment from '79-14

The Economic Policy Institute has released a new set of data about the long-term unemployed – the share of the labor force that has been unemployed for more than six months. The data, which can be displayed by age, gender and other metrics, tracks long-term unemployment from 1979 to 2014.

Overall, the long-term unemployment rate for all workers today is about three times as high as it was before the economic recession began.

Jul 17, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: ACA working, popular

New survey and poll results show that the number of uninsured Americans has dropped to its lowest level since 2008.

Gallup Well-Being, the Commonwealth Fund and Kaiser Family Foundation released poll and survey information last week, and it gives us a picture of how the ACA is meeting its goals of insuring more Americans and providing greater access to health care. And while overall public opinion is still mixed, the Affordable Care Act appears to be rather popular among those who are newly covered, even among Republicans.

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