Highlights and News Archive

May 2015

May 22, 2015

Support grows for veto of bad consumer credit bill

At least 12 organizations have joined the Bell in respectfully asking Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto a bill that would raise the cost of credit for low- and moderate-income Coloradans.

May 19, 2015

10 Facts on House Bill 15-1390

We respectfully ask Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto House Bill 15-1390 because:

1)  HB1390 will significantly increase the cost for a typical loan. According to the Colorado Attorney General's Office, this bill will increase the costs of an average $6,000 loan by 38.1 percent.

2)  HB1390 will cost Coloradans more than $25 million in additional interest charges, according to a Center for Responsible Lending analysis of the two largest lenders in Colorado.

May 15, 2015

Report shows success of dual-enrollment programs

A new report confirms that dual-enrollment programs in Colorado high schools continue to grow and increase the likelihood of college success for students throughout the state.

Dual-enrollment programs allow high school students to enroll in college-level courses for credit with no cost to them for tuition. Dual-enrollment programs include the state's Concurrent Enrollment Program, ASCENT and other programs available for high school students in Colorado.

May 15, 2015

Mobile learning labs funding bill signed into law

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a Bell-supported mobile learning labs funding bill into law on Wednesday. The bill allows, but does not require, 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.

May 13, 2015

2015 State of Opportunity Breakfast

Our State of Opportunity Breakfast this morning served up the scoop on the 2015 legislative session, what's ahead for Bell priorities and, of course, delicious baked goods. Catch up on the action, including our presentation of an Opportunity Award to Rep. Dianne Primavera for her leadership on the passage of our top priority, the Strategic Planning Group on Aging (HB 1033).

May 12, 2015

Respectfully ask Gov. Hickenlooper to veto HB 1390

Join 9to5 Colorado, the Bell Policy Center, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Colorado Fiscal Institute, COLOR, Colorado Progressive Coalition, ProgressNow Colorado and the Small Business Majority in requesting that Governor Hickenlooper veto the Allowable Finance Charge for Certain Consumer Credit Transactions bill (HB15-1390). This bill did not get a full vetting in the Legislature and would raise the cost of credit for moderate- and low-income Coloradans on certain consumer credit transactions.

May 7, 2015

2015 legislative session in review

The 2015 legislative session ended Wednesday with two key takeaways from our work:

1) The Legislature passed our top priority, the Strategic Planning Group on Aging.

May 5, 2015

End-of-session chaos clears way for high-cost credit bill

A late bill that is clearly bad for consumers easily passed the House and is on the Senate floor. This bill, Allowable Finance Charge for Certain Consumer Credit Transactions (HB15-1390), would raise the cost of credit for moderate- and low-income Coloradans on certain consumer credit transactions. The frenzied pace of the final days of the legislative session paved the way for this bill to sail through, and consumers stand to lose.