Highlights and News Archive

September 2014

Sep 29, 2014

Defense Department adds restrictions on predatory loans

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released a proposal on Friday that would extend restrictions on predatory lending, which traps many active-duty service members and their dependents. The proposed rule would expand the number of lending products covered by the military's 36 percent interest rate cap, and it would close loopholes that lenders have used to get around the current rate cap.

Sep 24, 2014

The Bell's 2014 Ballot Guide

The Bell prepared this ballot guide for the upcoming election. This year there are four measures on the statewide ballot, and an important measure to expand preschool will be on the ballot in Denver County.

2014 Ballot Guide

Sep 23, 2014

State Revenues Strong, Projected to Exceed Ref C Limit

As a result of strong economic growth, state revenues are expected to grow in each of the next three fiscal years. In fact, revenue is projected to exceed the Referendum C revenue cap in fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-2017, resulting in TABOR rebates for the first time since 2001, state economists told the members of the Joint Budget Committee Monday.

Sep 19, 2014

Speak up, have your voice heard on higher education

Click here or on image for poster with links for information and to RSVP

poster outreach


Sep 19, 2014

Census drills down on poverty, income data for Colorado

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the latest data on poverty and household income for states and local areas. The data presented in the American Community Survey (ACS) complements the data presented in the 2014 Current Population Survey released earlier this week.  The major difference is that the ACS provides detailed information on more than 40 categories that measure the social, economic and housing conditions down to the state and local community level.

Sep 18, 2014

Report explores reasons for state's high child-care costs

Across the state, hardworking Coloradans are struggling to afford quality child care. In fact, Colorado ranks as one of the least affordable states in the nation.

Qualistar Colorado, the Women's Foundation of Colorado and Colorado Children's Campaign recently collaborated on Child Care Affordability: A Look into Child Care Business Costs, which digs into why costs are so high.

Sep 17, 2014

Census Bureau report looks at income, poverty in U.S.

Yesterday, the Census Bureau released data from the 2014 Current Population Survey, with a special focus on poverty.

The bureau's report, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013, finds that, while there were not many big changes from 2012 to 2013, there are some fundamental differences and some notable trends that have been growing over the past 50 years.  Several key findings include:

Sep 15, 2014

You can help design a new funding plan for higher ed

Something very important to the future of Colorado is going on, and you have a chance to be a part of it.

We're not talking about the upcoming election, though that's important.

No, we're talking about the restructuring of how our state colleges and universities are funded – a process that, for the first time, will reward institutions in part for how well students succeed and how well institutions meet the needs of all types of students.

Sep 8, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: TV ads and the ACA

Every time we turn on the TV, we see a new political ad opposing the Affordable Care Act. How do some of these claims stand up to closer examination?

Claim: 355,000 Coloradans have received cancellation notices for health insurance policies.

What you need to know: It's true that thousands of Coloradans were notified in 2013 that their policies would not be renewed in 2014. Note the time frame: It was a one-time event, prompted by provisions in the ACA that required insurance policies to meet minimum standards.