Health of Democracy

Jan 11, 2012

Here's quick rundown on some of our priorities for the session

Legislators gather tomorrow for the start of the 2012 General Assembly, and we wanted to share some of our priorities for the session.

Dec 27, 2011

Letter to Secretary of State Scott Gesser regarding proposed Campaign Finance Regulation 1.12

December 14, 2011

The Honorable Scott Gessler
Colorado Secretary of State
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, Colorado 80290

Dear Secretary Gessler:

I am writing to comment on proposed Campaign Finance Regulation 1.12, which would establish a 30% spending threshold to determine whether a group qualifies as an "issue committee." This change would make financing of ballot measures in Colorado much less transparent and would treat groups differently based solely on the size of their total budgets, not the level of involvement on any specific issue.

Dec 20, 2011

The Colorado Trust tracks health policy issues online

By Amy Gillentine
The Colorado Springs Business Journal

The Colorado Trust today launched a new section of its website dedicated to tracking public policy issues that could affect the health and well-being of Coloradans.

The new section of the site, at, includes information about federal, state and local laws, regulations, bills, judicial decisions and political events.

Dec 15, 2011

New thinking, new approaches needed to transform higher ed, Callan says

In order to meet the challenges of the 21st century, American higher education must redesign itself through a fundamental transformation in policy, practice and financing. But in doing so, it can neither expect nor rely upon a restoration of past approaches or public support. That was the central message delivered by Patrick M. Callan, president of the Higher Education Policy Institute and the featured speaker at the Bell Policy Center's "Voices of Opportunity" program on Dec. 7.

Dec 13, 2011

Going upstream: Engaging nonprofits in public policy issues, public policy process

By Rich Jones
The Bell Policy Center

Suppose there is a river with a strong current that washes people downstream if they fall into it. Upstream is an old bridge with broken railings. You could spend a lot of time and effort pulling everyone who falls into the river to shore. Or you could fix the railings so that fewer people fall into the river in the first place.

Nov 14, 2011

Bell Policy Center raises concerns over cuts to financial aid programs

At the most recent meeting of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the Bell Policy Center voiced strong concerns about Gov. John Hickenlooper's proposed $30 million in cuts to the state's need-based and work-study financial aid programs in his FY 2012-13 budget request. Such cuts could reduce post-secondary educational opportunity for many low- and middle-income Coloradans.

Oct 26, 2011

Obama, new reports put focus on college costs, student debt burden

On a cold, snowy day in Denver, we're glad to see attention focused on the "hot topics" of escalating college costs and student loan debt. We've long pointed out that the rising costs of post-secondary education and the amount of debt incurred by many students represent daunting obstacles to opportunity for low- and middle-income Coloradans.

Two annual reports released by the College Board – and a plan by President Obama unveiled during his speech in Denver – address these important issues.

Sep 13, 2011

'In Plain Talk' budget video now available in Spanish

When the Bell Policy Center and ProgressNow Colorado teamed up to produce Colorado's Budget: In Plain Talk, we wanted to spark a conversation about the state budget and our fiscal challenges.

Our goal is to get Coloradans talking about the state budget – and that's all Coloradans. That's why we created a Spanish-language version of the video, El Presupuesto de Colorado: En Terminos Sencillos.

Sep 6, 2011

Help us make Colorado a state of opportunity for all. Please donate today.

Dear Friend:

With Fall comes a noisy, busy season for organizations such as ours – a time that bears witness to our successes and the challenges before all of us. I ask, can you imagine Colorado without the Bell Policy Center?

Sep 1, 2011

Spanish-language discussion guide for Colorado's Budget: In Plain Talk

Click on the link for a Spanish-language of the discussion guide to accompany Colorado's Budget: In Plain Talk.


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