Budget

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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Mar 11, 2015

Mid-session update on the Bell's 2015 priorities (infographic)

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session update

Mar 11, 2015

Now's the time to help Colorado workers save for a secure retirement

Please join us in supporting the Retirement Security Task Force legislation (House Bill 15-1235). For decades, Americans have built their retirement with traditional pensions, Social Security and personal savings, but now more than half of American workers do not have any type of employer-sponsored retirement plan or personal investment plan.

This situation is even more pronounced in Colorado. Consider these facts:

Mar 10, 2015

House Bill 15-1205: Concerning the Creation of Tax Expenditure Evaluation Committee

Concerning the Creation of Tax Expenditure Evaluation Committee

HB15-1205

Testimony to the House Finance Committee
George Awuor, policy analyst
March 11, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to address this committee. My name is George Awuor and I am a 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.

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