Highlights and News

Jul 11, 2014

Congress OK's Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

We are pleased to report that both chambers of Congress have overwhelmingly passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the federal Workforce Investment Act, which includes a number of critical workforce and education/training programs serving adults, youths and dislocated workers. The legislation now goes to the president for his signature.

Jul 10, 2014

State prepares students to succeed in 'middle-skill' jobs

We've written previously about "middle-skill" jobs and how important they are to Colorado workers, their families and businesses across the state.

These are good-paying positions – licensed practical nurse, carpenter, claims adjuster, to name just a few – that require some education above high school but not a four-year college degree. They are jobs that pay good wages, jobs that sustain families and put them on a path to self-sufficiency.

Jul 2, 2014

Fewer working moms may be tied to high child-care cost

Mothers have been working less in recent years, possibly because of the high – and rising – cost of child care, according to Supporting Low-Income Workers Through Refundable Child-Care Credits, a recent report by the Hamilton Project.

Jun 30, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: '15 premiums ... soon

How much will health insurance premiums go up next year?  The short answer: We won't know for several months.

We have some general information, but we don't have all the details. The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) recently released its preliminary assessment of proposed premiums for 2015. It says new rate filings indicate that "most premiums" will fall between a 10 percent decrease and a 10 percent increase when compared to 2014.(1) Those rates are still under review and will not be approved until this September.

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