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.
"Would you share your hours with co-workers to avoid layoffs?" asked Rich Jones, director of policy and research at the Bell Policy Center. "Its a relevant question since Gov. Bill Ritter recently signed a work-share bill into law. Since the law is new there are a lot of questions about what it means for Colorado workers. We'd like to provide some answers."
In a column for the Colorado Editorial Forum, Jones elaborated on the new law.
Finding and keeping a job with good pay and benefits is the surest path to opportunity for most Coloradans, and in the recently completed session, legislators passed three bills to help workers get and stay on this path.
These bills, signed recently by Gov. Bill Ritter, minimize the effects of unemployment, establish a permanent commission to study pay equity, and ensure low-wage workers receive a tax credit when there are TABOR rebates. The Bell supported all of the measures.