Highlights and News Archive

March 2015

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.

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

Mar 16, 2015

Gap separates white, ethnic low-income working families

Working families headed by minorities are more than twice as likely to be low income as those headed by whites, according to a report released today. Nationwide, the gap between the percentage of white working families that are low income and the percentage of minority working families that are low income is 25 percentage points.

Mar 11, 2015

Graphic: Mid-session update on the Bell's '15 priorities

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Mar 11, 2015

Awuor testifies for review of state tax credits, exemptions

Policy analyst George Awuor urged lawmakers on Wednesday to endorse a committee that would evaluate state tax expenditures and credits. He noted that exemptions and credits are a normal part of the budgeting process but that they are not consistently reviewed to see if they are effective or working as intended.

Awuor testified before the House Finance Committee in favor of House Bill 15-1205, which would create a Joint Tax Expenditure Evaluation Committee.

Mar 11, 2015

Let's help Colorado workers save for a secure retirement

Please join us in supporting the Retirement Security Task Force legislation (House Bill 15-1235). For decades, Americans have built their retirement with traditional pensions, Social Security and personal savings, but now more than half of American workers do not have any type of employer-sponsored retirement plan or personal investment plan.

This situation is even more pronounced in Colorado. Consider these facts:

Mar 9, 2015

39% of Coloradans lack savings to weather emergency

Colorado families continue to feel the stress of financial insecurity. For some Coloradans, the Great Recession appears to be in the rear-view mirror, but many residents are still struggling with the anxiety and instability left behind. Two recent reports shine a light on the dangerously low levels of families' liquid assets across the country.

Mar 9, 2015

Mid-session report: We're making progress on priorities

Colorado's legislative session reached the halfway point over the weekend, and we are making progress on our top priorities:

Mar 6, 2015

Let us paint a picture of one option for retirement security

Retirement graphic

One of the Bell's top priorities this year is to make it easier for Coloradans to save for retirement.