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Mar 24, 2015

Bell backs task force to study ways to build retirement savings

Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, on Tuesday testified in favor of a plan to create a Colorado Retirement Security Task Force as an important first step to study ways of helping all of our state's working families build retirement savings.

In his testimony before the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee, Jones noted that "765,000 private-sector workers in Colorado aged 25 to 64 do not have a retirement savings plan at work and another 179,000 do not participate in one that is offered, either because they are not eligible or they chose not to join."

Mar 24, 2015

HB15-1235: Creation of the Colorado Retirement Security Task Force

Creation of the Colorado Retirement Security Task Force

HB15-1235

Rich Jones, Director of Policy and Research
Testimony to the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee
March 24, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to present this testimony to the committee today.

Mar 23, 2015

HCR15-1001: Concerning an Increase in the Statewide Minimum Wage to $12.50 on January 1, 2020

Concerning an Increase in the Statewide Minimum Wage
to $12.50 on January 1, 2020

House Bill 15-1001

Testimony to the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs
George Awuor, policy analyst
March 23, 2015

Mar 23, 2015

Bell to urge support for two bills aimed at increasing minimum wage

Policy analyst George Awuor will testify today in in favor of two bills to raise the minimum wage for low-wage and working families in Colorado.

The Bell has long supported increasing the minimum wage. More and more families rely on low-income and minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet, and many workers rely on these wages to support children. Colorado's minimum wage, which is indexed to inflation, is $8.23 per hour.

Mar 20, 2015

This week under the dome: Bell testifies on FAMLI bill, plans to boost job-seekers, businesses

Thursday was a busy day at the capitol for policy analysts from the Bell, with testimony offered on four bills.

Policy analyst George Awuor testified in favor of House Bill 15-1258, which would create the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Program to provide partial pay for eligible individuals who must leave work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition or who are unable to work themselves because of a serious health condition.

Mar 19, 2015

State economists see more revenue, but TABOR could impose cuts

State economists project Colorado's economy will continue to grow over the next two years. However, uncertainty over the future price of oil and the impact that current lower oil prices will have on the state's economy are wild cards affecting the long-term forecast.

Revenues for state government are also expected to grow, prompting economists from the legislature and the governor's office to project that TABOR rebates will begin this fiscal year.

TABOR rebates and the Earned Income Tax Credit

Mar 18, 2015

House Bill 15-1274: Creation of Career Pathways for Students

Creation of Career Pathways for Students

House Bill 15-1274

Testimony to the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee

Frank Waterous, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst

March 19, 2015

My name is Frank Waterous, and I am a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, non-profit research and policy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to expanding opportunity for all Coloradans.

Mar 18, 2015

House Bill 15-1276: Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment and Key Training Act

Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment and Key Training Act

House Bill 15-1276

Testimony to the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee
Frank Waterous, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst
March 19, 2015

My name is Frank Waterous, and I am a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, non-profit research and policy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to expanding opportunity for all Coloradans.

Mar 16, 2015

Large economic gap divides Colorado's white, ethnic low-income working families

Working families headed by minorities are more than twice as likely to be low income as those headed by whites, according to a report released today. Nationwide, the gap between the percentage of white working families that are low income and the percentage of minority working families that are low income is 25 percentage points.

Mar 13, 2015

Colorado Retirement Task Force – HB 15-1235 (memes)

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