Highlights and News

Mar 30, 2015

Minimum wage bills move forward in House

On Tuesday, the House is expected to take recorded votes on the third readings of two minimum wage bills supported by the Bell. The two bills passed second readings on voice votes today.

Mar 30, 2015

Urge legislators to fast-track the EITC

Legislators have the opportunity to fast-track an effective anti-poverty program for working families. Currently, working families' ability to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) depends on revenues exceeding the Referendum C cap under TABOR, and we don't know yet if that will happen this year.

The Bell supports House Bill 15-1195, which would make EITC available this year regardless of the amount of TABOR rebates.

Mar 25, 2015

Jones advocates for continuation of debt regulations

Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, testified Wednesday in favor of a bill that would keep regulations in place for consumers who use debt-management and debt-settlement services.

The bill, Senate Bill 15-203, involved a sunset review of the Colorado Uniform Debt-Management Services Act.

The continued regulation of these service providers represents an important protection for consumers. Jones said many Colorado families who use them are already financially vulnerable, and regulations help ensure that abuse does not occur.

Mar 24, 2015

Bell testifies for study of ways to build retirement savings

Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, on Tuesday testified in favor of a plan to create a Colorado Retirement Security Task Force as an important first step to study ways of helping all of our state's working families build retirement savings.

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.

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