Highlights and News Archive

April 2015

Apr 23, 2015

Retirement Security Task Force passes House

The Colorado House took action today to help workers better prepare for retirement. By a vote of 33-30, the House passed the Colorado Retirement Security Task Force (HB 1235).

Apr 23, 2015

Strategic plan on aging receives committee approval

The Strategic Planning Group on Aging (HB 1033) has cleared another hurdle! The bill moved out of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee today following a bipartisan vote of 4-1.

Apr 22, 2015

Waterous recognized for adult ed work

The Bell’s Frank Waterous received two adult education awards this week at the Commission on Adult Basic Education annual conference. Both awards recognized Waterous’ critical efforts in passing Colorado’s first adult education funding bill last year.

Apr 20, 2015

Senate approves mobile learning lab funding

A bill that will help serve the needs of Colorado employers and employees as well as strengthen our state's competitiveness is headed to the governor's desk. Mobile Learning Labs Workforce Development (HB15-1271) passed the Colorado Senate on third reading today. The bill is part of a bipartisan package of workforce development legislation introduced this session.

Apr 17, 2015

Under the dome: Bell's top priorities move forward

With less than three weeks until the end of the legislative session, the Bell's priority legislation is on the move -- and mostly moving in the right direction.

Apr 15, 2015

Report documents criminalization of homelessness

People are being discriminated against based on housing status and criminalized for acts of survival throughout Colorado.

Apr 15, 2015

Jones explains anti-poverty program on public radio

Colorado Public Radio reporter Megan Verlee relied on the Bell's Rich Jones to explore the Earned Income Tax Credit's enormous impact on families.

"It is probably the most effective poverty reduction program that we have," Jones said in the audio version of Verlee's story.

Jones walked Verlee through the many benefits of the EITC.

Apr 15, 2015

Strategic Planning Group on Aging 
moves on to Senate

One of our top priorities this legislative session -- the Strategic Planning Group on Aging (HB 1033) -- is through the House and on to the Senate.

Apr 14, 2015

Strategic Plan on Aging One Step Closer to Senate

The Strategic Planning Group on Aging (HB 1033) passed the Colorado House on second reading today, with final passage likely yet this week. Then the Senate will take up the bill, which aims to make a plan for the dramatic demographic shift that Colorado faces. In just 15 years, nearly one in four adults in Colorado will be older than 60.

Apr 10, 2015

Denver Post Guest Commentary: Retirement task force would help state's small businesses

By Tim Gaudette and Mark Turner

The Colorado nonprofit organizations and small business leaders we represent tell us they're concerned about their employees' ability to retire securely -- and they have good reason to be.

Apr 10, 2015

Strategic Planning Group on Aging moves to House floor

One of the Bell's top priorities, the Strategic Planning Group on Aging (HB 1033), passed out of the Colorado House Appropriations Committee this morning 11-2.

This bipartisan bill creates an independent strategic planning group to identify and review the significant long-term issues posed by the aging of Colorado's population and recommends concrete steps and legislation to improve how public and private organizations respond to the challenges.

Apr 9, 2015

Support working families through a tax credit

The Colorado Legislature can choose to boost the earnings of hard-working Colorado families this year with a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a valuable resource that puts money back into the pockets of low- and middle-income folks, who in turn put that money into the local economy.

Apr 7, 2015

Unemployment rate declines overall but post-recession recovery varies by race

A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that the national unemployment rate is projected to fall from 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 5.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. However, for blacks and Latinos, unemployment rates will still be as high as 10.4 and 6.4 percent, respectively, in 2015.

Apr 7, 2015

State Pay Equity Commission won't continue

Colorado’s Pay Equity Commission will cease work on July 1, following the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee’s party-line vote Monday night to kill a bill (HB 1133) that would have extended the commission indefinitely.

Apr 7, 2015

Retirement Security Task Force headed to House floor

We need your help with a final push to move the Colorado Retirement Security Task Force (HB 1235) through the Colorado House of Representatives.

Apr 3, 2015

Polls show Americans worried about retirement security

Three recent national polls on understanding financial issues found that the majority of Americans are concerned about their ability to retire.

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.