Mar 28, 2014

Small numbers, big impact: Colorado can boost workforce, economy with investment in adult education

This week, we've talked about some numbers in the Long Bill, the state's budget.

Today, we want to focus on a program that's not in the state budget.

We think legislators must find room for a meaningful investment to boost adult education in Colorado. One glaring reason is that Colorado is the only state in the nation that does not provide state funding for adult education, and we are falling behind.

But a better reason is how that investment will help Coloradans, businesses and our economy.

Mar 27, 2014

Small numbers, big impact: $4 million for senior support services helps elderly, families and Colorado

We told you previously that it's all about the Benjamins at the state capitol this week and next.

While the legislators are working through the big numbers in the proposed budget, we wanted to let you know about one of the smaller numbers and talk about its impact on the lives of Coloradans.

One is $4 million, small in comparison to a General Fund budget of $9.3 billion. As it stands now, the Joint Budget Committee has added $4 million for senior services provided by the 16 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) across the state.

Mar 25, 2014

Crunch time at the state capitol as lawmakers work on Long Bill

It's all about the Benjamins at the state capitol as legislators take up the budget bill, commonly known as the Long Bill (HB14-1336).

Mar 19, 2014

Key education bills do not adequately address funding, local district needs

The Colorado House Education Committee today passed and sent to the House Appropriations Committee two important education funding bills – the 2014 School Finance Act (HB14-1298) and the "Student Success Act" (HB14-1292). Because these bills will help set the future course of public education in the state, we believe important changes still need to be made for the bills to best serve the needs of the state and local communities.

Mar 18, 2014

HB14-1017: Expand the Availability of Affordable Housing in the State (Senate Finance Committee)

Expand the Availability
of Affordable Housing in the State


Testimony to the House Finance Committee
George Awuor, Policy Analyst
Feb. 19, 2014

Mar 18, 2014

SB14-098: Crimes Against At-Risk Elders (House Judiciary Committee)

Crimes Against At-Risk Elders


Testimony to the House Judiciary Committee

Kathleen Hallgren, policy analyst

March 18, 2014

Thank you for the opportunity to submit this testimony to the committee.

Mar 18, 2014

HB14-1317: Child Care Assistance Program Changes (House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee)

Child Care Assistance Program Changes


Rich Jones, Director of Policy and Research

Testimony to the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee

March 18, 2014

Thank you for the opportunity to testify to the committee today.

Mar 17, 2014

2014 leg. session rounds halfway mark, anticipate action-packed second half

The 2014 legislative session of the Colorado General Assembly passed the mid-point over the weekend with slow progress being made on a number of the Bell's key legislative goals. Like a lot of NBA games, most of the action this session will take place in the second half. This is due, in part, to the large number of bills that involve state spending.

Mar 7, 2014

Living among equals: Thornton and Centennial have narrow income gap

By Aldo Svaldi
The Denver Post

The northern Front Range is home to some of the most "equal" large communities in the country in terms of household incomes – places including Thornton and Centennial.

But two of the region's most prominent cities – Denver and Boulder – have wide gaps between the rich and poor.

Growing income inequality in the U.S. is setting off alarms, including a warning last week from former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who called the trend the "most dangerous" the country faces.

Mar 6, 2014

Bell backs proposal to fix glitch in tax credit for child care

Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, testified Wednesday in favor of a plan to help more low- to moderate-income Coloradans receive an income tax credit for child-care expenses.

The Bell has long advocated for policies to help working families better afford the cost of child care. We believe affordable care provides greater stability for families and helps them achieve self-sufficiency.

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