Budget

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

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: March 27, 2014
Author: Jones, RichWatt, Joe

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.

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

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: March 25, 2014
Author: Jones, Rich

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).

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

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: March 19, 2014
Author: Buchanan, WadeWaterous, Frank

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.

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

Type: Testimony
Published Date: March 18, 2014
Author: Awuor, George

Expand the Availability
of Affordable Housing in the State

HB14-1017

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

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

Type: Testimony
Published Date: March 18, 2014
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen

Crimes Against At-Risk Elders

SB14-098

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.

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

Type: Testimony
Published Date: March 18, 2014
Author: Jones, Rich

Child Care Assistance Program Changes

HB14-1317

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.

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

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: March 12, 2014
Author: Jones, Rich

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.

Living among equals: Thornton and Centennial have narrow income gap

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: March 7, 2014
Author: Svaldi, Aldo

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.

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

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: February 6, 2014
Author: Watt, Joe

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.

HB14-1072: Income Tax Credit for Child Care Expenses

Type: Testimony
Published Date: March 5, 2014
Author: Jones, Rich

Income Tax Credit for Child Care Expenses

HB14-1072

Rich Jones, Director of Policy and Research
Testimony to the House Finance Committee
March 5, 2014

Thank you for the opportunity to present this testimony to the committee today.

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