Highlights and News

Apr 2, 2015

Straight talk on health care reform: Millions could lose coverage in latest ACA challenge

The Supreme Court, once again, holds the fate of the Affordable Care Act in its hands. The first challenge to the law involved significant constitutional questions. This time, not so much.

Apr 1, 2015

Mobile learning labs serve needs of employers, employees

Senior policy analyst Frank Waterous testified today in support of House Bill 15-1271, which would allow Colorado Existing Industry Training Program moneys to be used to fund Mobile Learning Labs that provide flexible, on-site skills-training options for Colorado employers and employees.

Apr 1, 2015

Bell testimony helps defeat unequal fiscal impact bill

The Bell's Chris Edmonds testified today against a bill that would have unfairly provided business interests the opportunity to comment on proposed legislation and rules. The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee nixed Senate Bill 15-078, marking the fifth year in a row that the bill has died in the Legislature.

Mar 31, 2015

Draft rules on high-cost credit good but could be better

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) working draft of proposed rules to address the debt trap in payday loans and other high-cost credit products does several positive things, including requiring lenders to assess borrowers' ability to repay the loans. However, parts of the proposals give lenders multiple options for complying, some of which are not good for consumers.

Mar 31, 2015

House passes one of two minimum-wage bills

The Colorado House passed a bill today that would allow municipalities, counties, and other local jurisdictions to raise their minimum wage. Currently, state law prevents jurisdictions from raising wages above the state's minimum wage. A second bill, which would have put a minimum-wage increase before voters in 2016, failed to get the two-thirds majority needed for the ballot.

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