Highlights and News

Oct 10, 2014

Fed: Only wealthy see income rise after Great Recession

Wealthy Americans have seen their income rise following the Great Recession, while income for everyone else has fallen, according to a Federal Reserve report that analyzed income data from 2010 through 2013.

During those years, according to Changes in U.S. Family Finances from 2010 to 2013: Evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances, mean and median income for American families in the bottom 75 percent of the income distribution fell. For the top 25 percent, however, it rose.

Oct 8, 2014

Ascend releases top policies for '2 Gen' poverty reduction

Ascend at the Aspen Institute released a great guide to public policies aimed at helping low-income families escape poverty and advance economically. Top Ten for 2Gen lays out specific actions that policy-makers can take right now to better coordinate and align services and programs to help parents and their children simultaneously.

Oct 8, 2014

The Bell's 2014 Ballot Guide

The Bell prepared this ballot guide for the upcoming election. This year there are four measures on the statewide ballot, and an important measure to expand preschool will be on the ballot in Denver County.

2014 Ballot Guide

Oct 8, 2014

Report: States can use '2 Gen' approaches to cut poverty

States have an opportunity to reduce poverty by increasing family economic-mobility initiatives and creating policies that support education, human services, economic development and workforce infrastructure targeting millions of families.

According to Considering Two Generation Strategies in the States, a new report from the Working Poor Families Project (WPPF), there is renewed interest in "2 Gen" poverty-alleviation strategies.

Oct 7, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Exchange on track

Connect for Health Colorado, our state's health insurance exchange, had its first anniversary as a marketplace last week. That's a milestone, but a more important milestone comes in 2015. That's when the marketplace must be financially self-sufficient.

Based on early projections, it looks like the marketplace is on its way to meeting that goal.

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