The Bell along with the Colorado Fiscal Institute and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy sent out a press release today concerning a report issued by the Economic Policy Institute. The report shows that investments in education pay long-term dividends. We wanted to share the release with you.
Report finds investments in education like Amendment 66 best way to boost workforce and state's economy
The documentary "Losing Ground: The Cliff Effect" will have its encore showing on PBS stations across Colorado on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The television show explains how many low-income working families in Colorado, just when they are nearing stability and self-sufficiency, can lose benefits such as child-care assistance and be knocked backward.
Lawmakers on Colorado's Joint Budget Committee received good news last week, as economists from the legislature and governor's office delivered positive forecasts for Colorado's economy and state revenues.
The measures passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 "to end welfare as we know it" were heralded as a ticket to economic self-sufficiency. The poor would be encouraged to enter the workforce and eventually leave all welfare assistance behind.
But for most of the tens of thousands of working poor families in Colorado, the vision of self-sufficiency is elusive.
In the link below, you can watch as Rich Jones of the Bell and others explain and discuss the "cliff effect," which keeps some working-poor families from achieving self-sufficiency. The documentary was produced by I-News and Rocky Mountain PBS.
Rich Jones of the Bell and others explain and discuss the "cliff effect," which keeps some working-poor families from achieving self-sufficiency, in this show produced by I-News and Rocky Mountain PBS.
The recent legislative session was one of the most productive and meaningful in years. We are pleased with the success of the bills we worked on, but the real success story will be told by thousands of Coloradans as they seek greater opportunities for themselves and their families. Here's a representation of some of the session's major accomplishments.