The Bell Policy Center is gearing up for the 2015 legislative session, which begins three weeks from today. As always, we'll be tracking many bills, but more than that, we'll be keeping an eye on the big picture – driving action on issues that expand opportunity for Colorado students, families and businesses.
After months of hard work and brainstorming, including public meetings across the state, higher education officials are nearly ready to present a new model for allocating state funding for Colorado's colleges and universities.
The Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) will vote today on a "recommended allocation model" to be presented to legislators and the Joint Budget Committee. The Bell Policy Center, which actively participated in the process, supports the new model as a step forward in the way our state allocates funding for higher education.
Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet have joined 38 other senators in supporting Department of Defense's effort to curb predatory lending that harms military families.
Both senators signed a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that expresses strong support for the department's effort to update the Military Lending Act and close loopholes to better protect soldiers and their families from abusive lending practices.