Highlights and News Archive

July 2014

Jul 23, 2014

Appeals court rules TABOR lawsuit can proceed to trial

A federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of TABOR, the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, moved another step forward yesterday.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 6-4 decision, rejected an appeal by Attorney General John Suthers, potentially clearing the way for the case to proceed to trial. The attorney general still has the option of appealing directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jul 22, 2014

Colorado gets top marks for long-term services for elderly

Colorado was ranked among the top states for providing Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for long-term care in a recent report from The AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and the Scan Foundation.

Raising Expectations, 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers ranked each state on five different measures and offered possible actions and improvements for both public and private entities.

Jul 21, 2014

Reports: College degree still delivers return on investment

Although the past decade has been a challenging time for recent college graduates, those without a college degree have struggled more. Getting a bachelor's or associate's degree continues to deliver high return on investment, according to two recent reports from the New York Federal Reserve.

Jul 18, 2014

Data breaks down long-term unemployment from '79-14

The Economic Policy Institute has released a new set of data about the long-term unemployed – the share of the labor force that has been unemployed for more than six months. The data, which can be displayed by age, gender and other metrics, tracks long-term unemployment from 1979 to 2014.

Overall, the long-term unemployment rate for all workers today is about three times as high as it was before the economic recession began.

Jul 17, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: ACA working, popular

New survey and poll results show that the number of uninsured Americans has dropped to its lowest level since 2008.

Gallup Well-Being, the Commonwealth Fund and Kaiser Family Foundation released poll and survey information last week, and it gives us a picture of how the ACA is meeting its goals of insuring more Americans and providing greater access to health care. And while overall public opinion is still mixed, the Affordable Care Act appears to be rather popular among those who are newly covered, even among Republicans.

Jul 16, 2014

Millenials stressed by debt, especially women, study finds

Millennials are struggling with debt, with a significant discrepancy between genders in earning, investing and saving, new reports show.

The 2014 Wells Fargo Millennial Study, which details young Americans' attitudes and practices on savings and investments, finds the most common source of financial stress is debt-related, primarily concerning credit card, mortgage and student loan burdens.

Jul 14, 2014

Retirees plan on working, some for fun, some for need

Almost half of American retirees are working or plan to work, and 72 percent of workers contemplating retirement say they want to work after they retire, according to a report by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave, a "thought leader on population aging."

Jul 11, 2014

Congress OK's Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

We are pleased to report that both chambers of Congress have overwhelmingly passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the federal Workforce Investment Act, which includes a number of critical workforce and education/training programs serving adults, youths and dislocated workers. The legislation now goes to the president for his signature.

Jul 10, 2014

State prepares students to succeed in 'middle-skill' jobs

We've written previously about "middle-skill" jobs and how important they are to Colorado workers, their families and businesses across the state.

These are good-paying positions – licensed practical nurse, carpenter, claims adjuster, to name just a few – that require some education above high school but not a four-year college degree. They are jobs that pay good wages, jobs that sustain families and put them on a path to self-sufficiency.

Jul 2, 2014

Fewer working moms may be tied to high child-care cost

Mothers have been working less in recent years, possibly because of the high – and rising – cost of child care, according to Supporting Low-Income Workers Through Refundable Child-Care Credits, a recent report by the Hamilton Project.