Budget

May 13, 2014

Legislators make great strides in expanding opportunity for Coloradans

The second regular session of the 69th Colorado General Assembly came to a close on Wednesday. From our perspective, it was extremely productive and expanded opportunity for a wide range of Coloradans.

Apr 30, 2014

House Bill 14-1319: Outcomes-Based Funding for Higher Education (Senate Education Committee)

Outcomes-Based Funding for Higher Education

House Bill 14-1319

Testimony to the Senate Education Committee

Frank Waterous, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst

April 30, 2014

My name is Frank Waterous, and I am a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, non-profit research and policy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to expanding opportunity for all Coloradans.

Apr 29, 2014

Tell senators to make history by investing in adult education

Legislators can make history for Colorado by voting for a meaningful investment in adult education. The Senate Appropriations Committee will hear HB14-1085 on Wednesday.

Apr 17, 2014

SB14-003: Child Care Assistance Program

Child Care Assistance Program

SB14-003

Rich Jones, Director of Policy and Research

Testimony to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee

April 17, 2014

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

Apr 15, 2014

HB14-1072: Income Tax Credit for Child Care Expenses

Income Tax Credit for Child Care Expenses

HB14-1072

Rich Jones, Director of Policy and Research
Testimony to the Senate Finance Committee
April 15, 2014

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

Apr 10, 2014

Colorado invests no state money in adult education – let's change that

Colorado is the only state in the nation that invests no state money – none! – in adult education and literacy programs, and we're asking your help to keep us from falling even further behind.

This is important for Colorado workers, employers and our economy.

Mar 31, 2014

Small numbers, big impact: Child-care initiatives will benefit children, their families and our economy

We've been talking about relatively small numbers in the Long Bill that can have a big impact on Coloradans. Here's a good one: $15 million.

That's how much is being proposed – out of a General Fund budget of $9.3 billion – for three child-care initiatives that would benefit children, their families and our entire state.

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).

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