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Highlights from 2016

In 2016, we made some great strides for opportunity in Colorado. Here is what we're most proud of.

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Report: Solutions to Retirement Crisis

America faces a retirement crisis, as a substantial number of working families are not saving enough to meet their needs in retirement.

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Fair Lending for a Thriving Colorado Comment on Payday Lending Rule

Some coalition members submitted the following letter in response to the CFPB's proposed rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans.

Two-Generation

Bound to Succeed: Two-Generation Approaches to Education in Colorado

Our research report discusses an important emerging strategy that helps low- to moderate-income families move out of poverty, known as a two-generation approach. 

2016 Ballot Guide

Each election cycle, we examine the statewide ballot measures and make recommendations based on the values that drive our work. Here is our take on 2016 ballot measures.

Colorado's Minimum Wage

Raising the Minimum Wage Won’t Hurt Colorado Jobs

A recent study claimed raising Colorado's minimum wage to $12 by 2020 would result in 90,000 jobs lost; this has been debunked.

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Minimum Wage Facts

Working full time at minimum wage is not enough to support the basic cost of living in most communities in Colorado.

Testimony: Finance Charges on Certain Consumer Credit Transactions

Raising the costs on supervised loans and credit sales forces hard-working Colorado families, many whose credit histories are damaged by the Great Recession, to pay more for no justifiable reason.

Testimony: Support HB16-1196 for ASPIRE Colorado Pilot Program

Based on research, the college savings accounts that will be established through the pilot program authorized in HB16-1196 will help expand the number of Coloradans from low-to moderate-income families who enroll in and complete college.

Splitting State Income Tax Refunds Can Help Families Build Assets

Allowing Coloradans to split their state income tax refunds and directly deposit a portion into several accounts would encourage savings overall and help low- to moderate-income families build wealth.

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