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Straight talk on health care reform: Happy birthday, Affordable Care Act! You've been good for Colorado

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: March 22, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Saturday is the third anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. In that time, the law has survived legal challenges that went all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court as well as opposition during the 2012 elections. Most of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented by the end of 2014.

'Vibrant' Colorado economy boosts state revenues, economists say

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: March 18, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

Lawmakers received good news about the state's economy on Monday as economists from the legislature and the governor's office presented positive forecasts to the Joint Budget Committee (JBC).

Colorado's economy continues to outperform the national economy as we experience a growth in jobs, an improving housing market and increasing retail sales, especially automobiles. It is "among the most vibrant in the nation," according to the Legislative Council Staff.

When Colorado's Working Families Are Self-sufficient, Our State Is Stronger

Type: Commentary & Letters
Published Date: March 18, 2013
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen

By Kathleen Hallgren
Huffington Post Denver

It's been said that the best anti-poverty measure is a job. But for more than a quarter of Colorado's workforce, working hard isn't enough to make ends meet.

In a recent report, we found that more than 48,000 working families in Colorado lived below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four in 2011. Another 154,085 families – 27 percent of all working families in Colorado – lived on up to twice that amount.

Coloradans are offering ideas on important issues – let's keep it up

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: March 15, 2013
Author: Watt, Joe

When Gov. John Hickenlooper and TBD Colorado issued a call for comments and ideas on education and transportation, state residents stepped up.  

TBD Colorado asked, and you answered – and are still answering. That's prompted TBD to add some more questions to consider.

In just a few days, more than 2,000 residents have visited www.etbdcolorado.org. Respondents from 70 towns, cities and rural areas across the state have offered more than 100 ideas and 2,200 comments.

Enterprise-zone reform loses business-group backing, but advances anyway

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: March 13, 2013
Author: Sealover, Ed

Ed Sealover
Denver Business Journal

Two major business groups pulled their support from a bill to reform Colorado's enterprise-zone program Wednesday when its sponsor lowered the annual caps on investment tax credits, but Democrats on the House Finance Committee still passed House Bill 1142 on a party-line vote.

House Bill 13-1142: Urban and Rural Enterprise Zone Act Reforms

Type: Testimony
Published Date: March 13, 2013
Author: Awuor, GeorgeJones, Rich

Urban and Rural Enterprise Zone Act Reforms

­­­­House Bill 13-1142

George Awuor, policy analyst, and Rich Jones, director of policy and research
Testimony to the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­House Finance Committee
March 13, 2013

Lawmakers making real progress as 2013 session hits midpoint

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: March 11, 2013
Author: BELL STAFF

The 2013 legislative session reached the halfway mark on Saturday.

Much of the public's attention was focused on some controversial bills, but lawmakers also made progress on a wide range of issues, from education to health care to protecting workers and families.

Education and workforce development

SB13-157: Colorado Work Share Program

Type: Testimony
Published Date: February 25, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

Colorado Work Share Program

SB13-157

Rich Jones, Director of Policy and Research
Testimony to the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee
Feb. 25, 2013

Thank you for the opportunity to testify to the committee.

When Colorado's working families are self-sufficient, our state is stronger

Type: Commentary & Letters
Published Date: March 4, 2013
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen

By Kathleen Hallgren
My Side columnist, Glenwood Springs Post Independent

It's been said that the best anti-poverty measure is a job. But for more than a quarter of Colorado's workforce, working hard isn't enough to make ends meet.

In a recent report, we found that more than 48,000 working families in Colorado lived below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four in 2011. Another 154,085 families – 27 percent of all working families in Colorado – lived on up to twice that amount.

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