Investing in education will not only help Colorado students do better in school, it will also give the state a powerful tool to boost its economy. Where education thrives, higher wages, higher productivity and faster economic growth are the norm. Coloradans can give their kids, themselves and future generations a hand up by approving Amendment 66 to the state Constitution this November.
To understand how Colorado finds itself in its current fiscal condition, it is helpful to look back at some critical decisions made by legislators and voters over the last 31 years, and at some of the economic and political factors that drove those decisions. (An update of "The Road to 2007," part of "Looking Forward, Colorado's fiscal prospects after Ref C.")
Opportunity matters, and the Bell Policy Center is proud to be a catalyst for opportunity in Colorado. The Bell's 2012-13 Annual Report highlights our recent work, accomplishments and goals for the future. Click on the image to read our report, or click here to download a PDF version.
Colorado voters have a bigger job than voters in any other state. They are the real legislators, because they have the final say on taxes and spending. That means they need to know the basics of our budget, education, health care and proposals that reach our election ballots.
The Bell along with the Colorado Fiscal Institute and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy sent out a press release today concerning a report issued by the Economic Policy Institute. The report shows that investments in education pay long-term dividends. We wanted to share the release with you.
Report finds investments in education like Amendment 66 best way to boost workforce and state's economy
Lawmakers on Colorado's Joint Budget Committee received good news last week, as economists from the legislature and governor's office delivered positive forecasts for Colorado's economy and state revenues.
In the link below, you can watch as Rich Jones of the Bell and others explain and discuss the "cliff effect," which keeps some working-poor families from achieving self-sufficiency. The documentary was produced by I-News and Rocky Mountain PBS.
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.
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.