The 2014 legislative session of the Colorado General Assembly passed the mid-point over the weekend with slow progress being made on a number of the Bell's key legislative goals. Like a lot of NBA games, most of the action this session will take place in the second half. This is due, in part, to the large number of bills that involve state spending.
The Affordable Care Act is likely to dominate the political debate leading up to the national midterm elections. The Republican message will concentrate on popular dissatisfaction with the law, but it appears there will be little talk about a practical alternative.
Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, testified Wednesday in favor of a plan to help more low- to moderate-income Coloradans receive an income tax credit for child-care expenses.
The Bell has long advocated for policies to help working families better afford the cost of child care. We believe affordable care provides greater stability for families and helps them achieve self-sufficiency.
Senior policy analyst Frank Waterous, fourth from left,shares a light moment during the signing of the bill.
When helping students and increasing opportunity is the driving force behind a piece of legislation, it stands a good chance of succeeding. It's also something that we at the Bell will support.
The main reason for the Affordable Care Act is to ensure that more Americans have health insurance and access to health care, but another important reason is that medical debt has been a leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S.
For many Americans, a single medical bill has been enough to erase savings or drive a family into a financial abyss. The problem was especially acute for families that lacked health insurance or had insufficient coverage.
Policy analyst George Awuor of the Bell testified on Wednesday in favor of a proposal that would expand the availability of affordable housing in the state.
In his testimony before the House Finance Committee, Awuor said building more affordable housing will create jobs, generate more tax revenue and greater economic activity in both the construction phase and after the housing is in place.
The gap between the wealthiest Coloradans and everyone else turned into a chasm following the Great Recession, according to a report released today. In that time, Colorado's top 1 percent accounted for all of the state's growth in income, while the other 99 percent saw a decline in income.