Legislature

Adult Education and Literacy Act will boost workers, employers

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: January 28, 2014
Author: Watt, Joe

Even though Colorado has 430,000 working-age adults who lack a high school diploma or the equivalent, and even though employers have a hard time filling "middle-skill" jobs, Colorado is the only state in the nation that provides no funding for adult education and literacy programs.

Colorado can take steps toward solving this problem, we believe, with the Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014. Senior Policy Analyst Frank Waterous testified on behalf of the proposal, House Bill 14-1085, yesterday before the House Education Committee.

Our to-do list for 2014 session: Increase opportunity for more Coloradans

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: January 27, 2014
Author: Jones, Rich

The second year of the 69th session of the Colorado General Assembly is up and running.  Bills are being introduced, committees are meeting and we are working hard promoting policies that expand opportunity for more Coloradans. The goal of promoting opportunity is what guides our selection of policies to work on and our priorities for advocacy.

Bell backs bachelor-degree program for community colleges

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: January 24, 2014
Author: Watt, Joe

Senior Policy Analyst Frank Waterous testified in favor of Senate Bill 14-4, which would allow community colleges to offer four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degrees.

For us, this is an important bill to support. We believe it will lead to increased opportunity for many Coloradans, both traditional students and working adults. Many students who will benefit live in rural areas.

HB 14-1085: Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014

Type: Opportunity Note
Published Date: January 27, 2014
Author: Waterous, Frank

(Click here for PDF version of this Opportunity Note)

Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014

January 27, 2014
House Education Committee

By Frank Waterous

SB 14-004: Community College Four-Year Programs, Senate Education Committee

Type: Testimony
Published Date: January 23, 2014
Author: Waterous, Frank

Community College Four-Year Programs

Senate Bill 14-004

Testimony to the Senate Education Committee
Frank Waterous, Senior Policy Analyst
January 23, 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.

Increase in state's minimum wage to $8 per hour will help low-wage workers

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: December 30, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

Low-income workers will get a boost in pay on Jan. 1 as Colorado's minimum wage increases by 22 cents to $8 an hour.

State economists predict strong economic growth and solid revenues

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: December 23, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

State economists project continued growth for Colorado's economy and, as a result, solid revenues, they said in presentations to the Joint Budget Committee on Dec. 20.

Strong economic growth projected

Colorado's payday lending reforms seen as model for other states

Type: Commentary & Letters
Published Date: December 1, 2013
Author: Boulder Daily Camera

By Rich Jones and Corrine Fowler

Colorado is admired for many things. A healthy, active population. Sunny, blue skies. Our mountains, skiing, trout-filled waters. And don't forget craft beers.

Now, there's a new one to add to the list: our reforms of payday lending. It took three years of trying, but in 2010, lawmakers, policy advisers and advocacy groups came up with a way to make these high-interest loans a better product.

Buchanan: We must build 21st century education system that serves all

Type: Commentary & Letters
Published Date: November 30, 2013
Author: Greeley Tribune

(This column was paired with a counterpoint column written by Steve Hall.)

By Wade Buchanan

It's less than four weeks since voters said "no" to Amendment 66, a broad proposal to change the funding formula for educating our kids and updating our tax system to pay for it.

Guest commentary: Colorado's payday loan reforms seem to be working

Type: Commentary & Letters
Published Date: November 23, 2013
Author: Denver Post

By Rich Jones and Corrine Fowler

Colorado is admired for many things. A healthy, active population. Sunny, blue skies. Our mountains, skiing, trout-filled waters. And don't forget craft beers.

Now there's a new one to add to the list: our reforms of payday lending. It took three years of trying, but in 2010, lawmakers, policy advisers and advocacy groups came up with a way to make these high-interest loans a better product.

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