2013 Legislative Session Wrapup – Graphic

Type: Opportunity News
Published Date: May 30, 2013
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen



Success from the session: Before we close book on 2013 session, four more bills that will help Coloradans

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: June 10, 2013
Author: Hallgren, KathleenJones, RichWatt, Joe

The official end to an extraordinarily productive legislative session came last week, when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the final pieces of legislation that landed on his desk.

We didn't want to let the moment pass without mentioning four bills that received little attention but that will have a big impact on students with dreams of college, working families, retail businesses and their employees and our economy.

Voters have a habit of rejecting state education taxes

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: June 7, 2013
Author: Engdahl, Todd

By Todd Engdahl
EdNews Colorado

If Colorado voters this November approve a $1 billion income tax increase to fund schools, they will break a string of defeats for similar measures stretching back decades.

Since the early 1990s, voters have approved only two ballot measures that affected education revenues – and neither of those included a general tax increase. Over the same period, voters defeated six K-12 or higher education funding measures.

Success from the session: Economic Opportunity Act will boost hard-working families

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: June 7, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

On Wednesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law the Working Families Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (SB13-001), a measure that will boost the earnings of more than 400,000 low- and moderate-income Colorado families. It makes permanent a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) once certain conditions are met, so the credits will be available to these families each year.

Straight talk on health care reform: Long-term care a looming crisis, but Colorado takes an important step

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: June 6, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Both Colorado and the United States face a crisis over long-term care for our aging population. (Baby boomers, this means you.)

In a few years, an unparalleled demographic shift will begin to place unprecedented demands on both our health care and long-term-care systems. When this shift reaches its peak in 2030, 61 million Americans will be between 66 and 84 years old.  In that same year, 9 million people will be older than age 84.[1]

HB 13-1005: Basic Education & Career & Tech Ed Pilot Program (IBEST – Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) Signed into law

Type: Opportunity Note
Published Date: May 28, 2013
Author: Waterous, Frank

Note: This Opportunity Note is revised from earlier versions
and reflects the bill as signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on May 28, 2013.

After Lobato: On to the ballot

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 30, 2013
Author: Buchanan, Wade

Few things in public policy are as final as a Supreme Court decision. That's why we were disappointed this week when the state Supreme Court ruled that Colorado's system for financing schools does not violate the constitutional promise of a "thorough and uniform" system of public education. We believed strongly enough in the merits of the case that last October we filed a "friend of the court" brief on the side of the plaintiffs, arguing that the current system actually perpetuates achievement gaps in Colorado schools.

Success from the session: Hickenlooper signs bill giving seniors greater security, flexibility on in-home care

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 28, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Colorado took a small but very important step today that will help more older Coloradans with long-term care needs, allowing them to stay in their homes longer and saving the state money in the process. Gov. John Hickenlooper did that by signing Senate Bill 127, which will improve funding for the state's 16 Area Agencies on Aging.

Success from the session: Hickenlooper signs bill updating school finance formula

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 21, 2013
Author: Waterous, Frank

Hickenlooper 213

Sponsors and supporters celebrate
after Gov. John Hickenlooper finishes signing SB 213.

Success from the session: 'At-risk elders' now assured of protection from abuse

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 16, 2013
Author: Watt, Joe

Colorado's senior citizens now have well-defined protections against abuse, thanks to the signing of Senate Bill 111 by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

This law creates a new class of protections for "at-risk elders," those Coloradans 70 and over. Currently, many caretakers are encouraged to report suspected abuse, but they are not required to do so.

The new law makes a number of changes to the Adult Protective Services system. Provisions in the law were recommended by the Elder Abuse Task Force, which was created by the legislature in 2012.

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