Highlights and News Archive

November 2014

Nov 20, 2014

12 charts: Colorado's fiscal challenges in words, pictures

12 charts logoAs legislators begin to write the budget, state economists are projecting that General Fund revenues will exceed the TABOR/Ref C limit. It has been more than a decade since Colorado last hit the TABOR limit, but the consequences are clear: Colorado will be returning tax dollars before restoring the cuts made to vital services.

Nov 14, 2014

Colorado's payday reforms getting national attention

Colorado continues to garner attention for its innovative and successful effort to reform payday lending.

The latest notice is an article in American Banker magazine, which cites Colorado's reforms as a potential model for national rules for payday lending.

Nov 12, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: 2015 open enrollment

Nov. 15 marks the start of the second open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act. We've gathered facts from Connect for Health Colorado, the Colorado Division of Insurance and healthcare.gov to help you better understand the process.

Nov 10, 2014

For Veterans Day, help curb loans that harm our troops

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, so this is a good time to highlight ongoing action by the Department of Defense that is designed to protect active-duty service members and their families from abusive lending practices.

Nov 7, 2014

ACA supports two-generation approaches in health care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) supports two-generation approaches – focusing on the needs of children as well as parents – by offering incentives for holistic care, accountability and streamlined eligibility processes, according to a recent report by The Aspen Institute.

Nov 6, 2014

Your votes counted – Here's how ballot measures fared

In the days leading up to Election Day, we encouraged you to vote and offered our analyses on statewide ballot measures and on Denver Measure 2A.

Voting is the very foundation of our democracy, and your votes counted. Here's how the measures fared (latest tallies available):

Amendment 67: Definition of a Person and Child
Bell's position: Oppose

No: 64.6 percent
Yes: 35.3 percent

Amendment 68: Horse Racetrack Casino Gambling
Bell's position: Oppose

No: 70.6 percent
Yes: 29.3 percent

Nov 4, 2014

Coloradans have been voting for 153 years - don't miss out

Coloradans have been voting since before Colorado became a state. The first general election in the newly formed territory, in 1861, was to select a delegate to Congress and members of the Territorial Legislature. In that election, 9,597 votes were cast. 153 years later, we still enjoy the privilege of participating in this civic process.

Vote today – if you haven't already – and be part of the history we share with Coloradans who came before us.

Nov 3, 2014

Voting is a cherished right – you can shape the future

Election Day is tomorrow, but you still have time to get your ballot in.

Your vote counts – voting is the very foundation of our democracy. Don't miss your opportunity to have your voice heard and shape the future.

It's too late to mail your ballot, but you can take your ballot to a polling center or drop-off location in your county. Click here to find a location. Ballots must be submitted by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Bell has produced a ballot guide and analyses to help you understand the measures on the ballot.