Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, testified in favor of a proposal to change the way child-support payments for families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are handled by the state Department of Human Services.
Sarah Freeman of the Bell on Wednesday presented testimony urging the Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee to extend the life of the Colorado Pay Equity Commission beyond 2015.
The Bell has been a longtime supporter of the commission. Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, served as an original member of the Pay Equity Commission in 2007, when it was created within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
Today, Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered his annual State of the State address outlining his agenda for 2015. As usual, there was a lot that we could agree with, including his focus on workforce development, improving K-12 education and keeping post-secondary education affordable. We even agree that Colorado's marijuana industry should have banking privileges rather than having to operate in cash.
High-quality preschool puts children on a path to success, and the Colorado Preschool Program does just that for children most likely to start school unprepared. But funding for the program has not kept pace with the need, and too many of Colorado's 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds are denied the chance to get a good start in life, according to an issue brief by the Bell Policy Center.
The 70th Colorado General Assembly kicked off last Wednesday with an opening day filled with pageantry and excitement. This is the time when the legislative leaders lay out their vision for the coming session. The Bell's vision for the 2015 session has much in common with those described by the leaders.