Highlights and News Archive

October 2014

Oct 20, 2014

Take 5 minutes, help design Colorado's higher ed system

If you can spare five minutes, you can have a say in how Colorado pays for it higher education system.

Five minutes--that's all you'll need to use MindMixer, an online tool where you can offer your ideas and opinions and help identify goals. The tool asks five questions about how to make Colorado's higher education system better serve our state.

Oct 20, 2014

Bell analysis: Denver Measure 2A – Expanding preschool

Denver2AscreenshotHere is our analysis for Denver Measure 2A: Extending and Expanding the Denver Preschool Program. While we do not often take positions on local measures, this issue is important to our mission.

Oct 17, 2014

Analysis: Prop. 105 – Labeling Genetically Modified Food

105screenshotBy now, you should have received your ballot for the Nov. 4 General Election. There are four statewide ballot measures, and the Bell has reviewed them and taken positions on them. Here is our analysis of Proposition 105 – Labeling Genetically Modified Food.

Oct 16, 2014

Bell analysis: Proposition 104 – Open School Board Meetings for Collective Bargaining Agreements

104screenshotYou should get your ballot for the Nov. 4 General Election soon, if you haven't already. There are four statewide ballot measures, and the Bell has reviewed them and taken positions on them. Here is our analysis of Proposition 104 – Open School Board Meetings for Collective Bargaining Agreements.

Oct 15, 2014

Analysis: Amend. 68 – Horse Racetrack Casino Gambling

68screenshotYou should get your ballot for the Nov. 4 General Election soon, if you haven't already. There are four statewide ballot measures, and the Bell has reviewed them and taken positions on them. Here is our analysis of Amendment 68 – Horse Racetrack Casino Gambling.

Oct 14, 2014

Analysis: Amendment 67 – Definition of a Person, Child

A67 screenshotToday, county clerks will begin mailing ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election. There are four statewide ballot measures, and the Bell has reviewed them and taken positions on them. Here is our analysis of Amendment 67 – Definition of a Person and Child. We'll send the other analyses in the coming days.

Oct 10, 2014

Fed: Only wealthy see income rise after Great Recession

Wealthy Americans have seen their income rise following the Great Recession, while income for everyone else has fallen, according to a Federal Reserve report that analyzed income data from 2010 through 2013.

During those years, according to Changes in U.S. Family Finances from 2010 to 2013: Evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances, mean and median income for American families in the bottom 75 percent of the income distribution fell. For the top 25 percent, however, it rose.

Oct 8, 2014

Ascend releases top policies for '2 Gen' poverty reduction

Ascend at the Aspen Institute released a great guide to public policies aimed at helping low-income families escape poverty and advance economically. Top Ten for 2Gen lays out specific actions that policy-makers can take right now to better coordinate and align services and programs to help parents and their children simultaneously.

Oct 8, 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

Oct 8, 2014

Report: States can use '2 Gen' approaches to cut poverty

States have an opportunity to reduce poverty by increasing family economic-mobility initiatives and creating policies that support education, human services, economic development and workforce infrastructure targeting millions of families.

According to Considering Two Generation Strategies in the States, a new report from the Working Poor Families Project (WPPF), there is renewed interest in "2 Gen" poverty-alleviation strategies.

Oct 7, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Exchange on track

Connect for Health Colorado, our state's health insurance exchange, had its first anniversary as a marketplace last week. That's a milestone, but a more important milestone comes in 2015. That's when the marketplace must be financially self-sufficient.

Based on early projections, it looks like the marketplace is on its way to meeting that goal.

Oct 7, 2014

Fed survey, report show decline in savings for retirement

Across the nation, people approaching retirement do not have enough money saved. According to the Federal Reserve, the average 401(k)/IRA balance has declined since 2010. Additionally, its Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) suggests that only half of all households have 401(k)/IRA balances.

Oct 6, 2014

Human Services board unanimous on new CCCAP rules

The Colorado State Board of Human Services unanimously approved a detailed rules package on Friday to implement legislation that restructures the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program.  The Bell Policy Center supported the legislation, HB14-1317, because it will increase the affordability of child care for low-income working families, expand access to child care in hard-to-serve areas, ensure that families throughout Colorado have access to CCCAP when they are enrolled in post-secondary education or workforce training and mitigate the "cliff effect" that holds families back from advancing

Oct 3, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Networks, premiums

Many Americans are learning about health insurance for the first time, and others are adapting to changes. One area that seems to be ever-changing is "networks," as in doctors and hospitals "in network" and "out of network."

Insurance companies have routinely made changes in networks, but in recent years, insurers have increasingly restricted the number of hospitals and doctors they do business with to keep premiums lower. It's a business decision, and it's all about cost.

Oct 2, 2014

Report: Policies often don't align for 2-generation strategy

State policies fail to provide adequate two-generation supports to families with young children, even though research supports using two-generation approaches to reduce poverty, according to a new report by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP).