Career and technical training programs can help individuals get better jobs and achieve financial security. They can provide a chance for increased earnings and a path to the middle class or new skills for the unemployed.
Rich Jones of the Bell and others explain and discuss the "cliff effect," which keeps some working-poor families from achieving self-sufficiency, in this show produced by I-News and Rocky Mountain PBS.
We are excited to announce that our work on an important policy issue affecting working families' prospects for economic success will be featured in a documentary airing on Rocky Mountain PBS on Thursday, June 13, at 8 pm. The film, which features the Bell's Director of Policy and Research, Rich Jones, highlights a snag in state and county law which can cause financial difficulty for workers supporting families if they accept a raise or promotion at work.
The recent legislative session was one of the most productive and meaningful in years. We are pleased with the success of the bills we worked on, but the real success story will be told by thousands of Coloradans as they seek greater opportunities for themselves and their families. Here's a representation of some of the session's major accomplishments.
On Wednesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law the Working Families Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (SB13-001), a measure that will boost the earnings of more than 400,000 low- and moderate-income Colorado families. It makes permanent a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) once certain conditions are met, so the credits will be available to these families each year.
Longtime fans of the Bell will remember Adrian Miller, our general counsel and outreach director from 2001 to 2007.
Well, we're proud to report that Adrian is the new executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches.
Adrian replaces the Rev. Jim Ryan, another old friend of the Bell's. Ryan, who is retiring, was a trusted partner and adviser on many issues, including immigration, the damaging effects of predatory lending and the importance of a well-funded state government as a partner in making Colorado a state of opportunity.
Both Colorado and the United States face a crisis over long-term care for our aging population. (Baby boomers, this means you.)
In a few years, an unparalleled demographic shift will begin to place unprecedented demands on both our health care and long-term-care systems. When this shift reaches its peak in 2030, 61 million Americans will be between 66 and 84 years old. In that same year, 9 million people will be older than age 84.