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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent reportfrom 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.
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.
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.
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.