Highlights and News

Feb 20, 2014

Bell backs bill to expand affordable housing in Colorado

Policy analyst George Awuor of the Bell testified on Wednesday in favor of a proposal that would expand the availability of affordable housing in the state.

In his testimony before the House Finance Committee, Awuor said building more affordable housing will create jobs, generate more tax revenue and greater economic activity in both the construction phase and after the housing is in place.

Feb 19, 2014

Income inequality surges in Colorado, according to report

The gap between the wealthiest Coloradans and everyone else turned into a chasm following the Great Recession, according to a report released today. In that time, Colorado's top 1 percent accounted for all of the state's growth in income, while the other 99 percent saw a decline in income.

Feb 18, 2014

Newspapers highlight plans to help meet child care needs

Two excellent articles published over the weekend focused on efforts to help low- to moderate-income Colorado families better afford child care.

An article in The Denver Post on Saturday, Colorado's child-care aid snubs families it was meant to help the most, described efforts to fix the glitch in the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit.

Feb 18, 2014

Bell defends protections against workplace discrimination

The Bell's Kathleen Hallgren testified on Monday against Senate Bill 14-074, Concerning Remedies in Employment Discrimination Cases Filed Under State Law. The bill, sponsored by freshman Sen.

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.

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