Highlights and News

Mar 24, 2015

Bell backs apprenticeships for concurrent enrollment

Senior policy analyst Frank Waterous testified on Tuesday in favor of House Bill 15-1275, which would allow coursework related to apprenticeships and internship programs to be included in Colorado's successful concurrent enrollment programs.

Mar 23, 2015

Let's study ways to help Coloradans save for retirement

Being able to build savings through payroll deduction can mean the difference between a secure retirement after a lifetime of work and living in poverty and depending on public assistance in old age.

And yet, too many Coloradans are not able to save part of their paychecks for retirement, most often because their employers do not offer any type of workplace savings plan.

Mar 23, 2015

Bell to support bills aimed at increasing minimum wage

Minimum wage rally

The rally Monday at the Colorado Capitol.

Policy analyst George Awuor will testify today in in favor of two bills to raise the minimum wage for low-wage and working families in Colorado.

Mar 20, 2015

This week under the dome: FAMLI, workforce bills

Thursday was a busy day at the capitol for policy analysts from the Bell, with testimony offered on four bills.

Policy analyst George Awuor testified in favor of House Bill 15-1258, which would create the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Program to provide partial pay for eligible individuals who must leave work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition or who are unable to work themselves because of a serious health condition.

Mar 19, 2015

More revenue predicted, but TABOR could impose cuts

State economists project Colorado's economy will continue to grow over the next two years. However, uncertainty over the future price of oil and the impact that current lower oil prices will have on the state's economy are wild cards affecting the long-term forecast.

Revenues for state government are also expected to grow, prompting economists from the legislature and the governor's office to project that TABOR rebates will begin this fiscal year.

TABOR rebates and the Earned Income Tax Credit

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