Highlights and News

Feb 13, 2014

Voters should retain option on school financing, Bell says

Wade Buchanan, president of the Bell, testified on Wednesday against House Bill 14-1120, which would have denied Colorado voters the chance to fund the Future School Finance Act after this year.

The finance act was passed by the legislature last year, but it goes into effect only if voters approve funding for it. Even though Amendment 66 failed in November, the act gives voters until 2017 to consider funding proposals. HB 1120 would have halted any such ballot measures after this year.

Feb 12, 2014

34% of low-income families headed by working mothers

More than one-third of Colorado's low-income families are headed by working mothers, according to a new report, Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future.

Feb 11, 2014

CBO chief seeks to correct misinformation on ACA, jobs

We commented last week when the Congressional Budget Office's outlook for the economy was so widely misconstrued. Today, Doug Elmendorf, the top guy at the CBO, posted an FAQ on the report a clear effort to try to make sure people get it right. It starts:

Q: Will 2.5 Million People Lose Their Jobs in 2024 Because of the ACA?
A: No, we would not describe our estimates in that way.

Feb 7, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: ACA 'job killer'? Nope

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have used the most recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report(1) on the nation's economy to claim that the health care law "kills jobs" and forces people out of the labor market.

Those claims, along with botched headlines and erroneous reporting, ignored important details in the report. Confusion about the report was evident in the halls of Congress.

Feb 6, 2014

Value of Earned Income Tax Credit highlighted at Capitol

Over 300,000 hard-working Colorado families receive more than $680 million in refunds under the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC lifts thousands of low- and moderate-income workers out of poverty every year, the majority of whom have children.

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