Budget

Policy tool kit helps explain issues, challenges for Colorado voters

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: August 26, 2013
Author: Watt, Joe

The right tools for the job. When it comes to understanding issues and challenges facing our state, we've got them – videos, summaries, presentations, infographics.

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.

Press release: Report finds investments in education like Amendment 66 best way to boost workforce and state's economy

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: August 22, 2013
Author: Jones, RichWatt, Joe

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

Strong economy boosts state revenue, led by employment, housing growth

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: June 24, 2013
Author: Antonucci, MeridithHallgren, Kathleen

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.

'The Cliff Effect' explains hurdle that trips up many working-poor families

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: June 14, 2013
Author: Watt, Joe

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.

Losing Ground: The Cliff Effect (Full Length) from I-News on Vimeo.

'Losing Ground: The Cliff Effect' from I-News, RMPBS

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: June 13, 2013
Author: KRMA-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.

Losing Ground: The Cliff Effect (Full Length) from I-News on Vimeo.

Success from the session: A picture tells the story of an opportunity-filled session

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: June 11, 2013
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen

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.

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2013 Legislative Session Wrapup – Graphic

Type: Opportunity News
Published Date: May 30, 2013
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen

 

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Success from the session: Before we close book on 2013 session, four more bills that will help Coloradans

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: June 10, 2013
Author: Hallgren, KathleenJones, RichWatt, Joe

The official end to an extraordinarily productive legislative session came last week, when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the final pieces of legislation that landed on his desk.

We didn't want to let the moment pass without mentioning four bills that received little attention but that will have a big impact on students with dreams of college, working families, retail businesses and their employees and our economy.

Voters have a habit of rejecting state education taxes

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: June 7, 2013
Author: Engdahl, Todd

By Todd Engdahl
EdNews Colorado

If Colorado voters this November approve a $1 billion income tax increase to fund schools, they will break a string of defeats for similar measures stretching back decades.

Since the early 1990s, voters have approved only two ballot measures that affected education revenues – and neither of those included a general tax increase. Over the same period, voters defeated six K-12 or higher education funding measures.

Success from the session: Economic Opportunity Act will boost hard-working families

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: June 7, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

On Wednesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law the Working Families Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (SB13-001), a measure that will boost the earnings of more than 400,000 low- and moderate-income Colorado families. It makes permanent a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) once certain conditions are met, so the credits will be available to these families each year.

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