Highlights and News

Dec 29, 2014

Colorado hourly workers to get raise of 23 cents on Jan. 1

Low-income workers in Colorado will see their hourly pay rise on Jan. 1 as the state's minimum wage increases by 23 cents to $8.23 an hour.

Dec 24, 2014

Child-care benefits clear, but many families can't afford it

High-quality child care is a must-have for many Colorado families. Unfortunately, it remains out of the reach for too many hard-working parents in the state. To shine a light on this issue, Qualistar, the Women's Foundation of Colorado and the Children's Campaign released a collaborative report titled Child Care Affordability in Colorado: An investigation into child care costs and recommended strategies for improving affordability.

Dec 23, 2014

Support our troops, join fight against predatory lenders

The Department of Defense is trying to protect active-duty service members and their families from abusive lending practices, and you can help.

The department is seeking comments from citizens and others on a proposal to extend restrictions on predatory lending. You can submit your comments by clicking here – but you need to do so by Friday, Dec. 26.

Dec 22, 2014

Strong economic forecast a nice present for Colorado

State economists brought an early Christmas present to state lawmakers, a pair of quarterly revenue estimates showing that Colorado's economy will continue its strong rebound from the Great Recession, which will drive robust growth in state revenues.

Both the governor's economists and those working for the legislature expect revenues will exceed the TABOR limit in FY 2015-16 and FY 2016-17. It was a split decision on whether revenues will exceed the TABOR limit in the current fiscal year.

Dec 17, 2014

Session is around the corner, and we're primed for action

2015 Legislative PrioritiesThe Bell Policy Center is gearing up for the 2015 legislative session, which begins three weeks from today. As always, we'll be tracking many bills, but more than that, we'll be keeping an eye on the big picture – driving action on issues that expand opportunity for Colorado students, families and businesses.

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