Posts by Rich Jones

Gov. Polis signs Secure Savings

With Gov. Polis’ Signature, Saving for Retirement Just Got Easier

The Bell applauds the work of the legislature and state treasurer for taking this critical step toward finding a solution to Colorado’s retirement crisis.

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Despite a Strong Economy, Colorado Wages Barely Outpaced Inflation in 2018

CDLE data point to wages that continue to grow slowly, and show average workers aren't benefiting as much as economic numbers might suggest.

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SB19-173 Studies: At Least $155 ROI For Every $1 Spent

Despite some sticker shock, the cost of the studies actually pales in comparison to the $155 million or more in potential savings if proposed plans successfully increase retirement savings.

By the Numbers: Colorado Workers in Low-Wage Jobs

New Bell analysis shows which Coloradans stand to benefit from changes to local minimum wages. Read our findings now.

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5 Economic Trends to Watch in 2019

Projections may show Colorado's set to grow in 2019, yet several challenges are still ahead. The risk of a recession is low, but if the forecasts are wrong, they're likely to be too optimistic.

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On Its 40th Birthday, the 401(k) Shows Its Age

While the 401(k) gave employees greater control over their retirement funds, it also shifted more of the burden and risk to them. It's time to adapt the model for a modern workforce.

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In a Recession, Prop 109 Leads to Higher College Tuition

When an inevitable downturn hits and state revenues head south, legislators will have to find funds to balance Colorado's budget. They'll likely turn to a familiar source — college students and their families.

Biden Challenge

The Bell Presents at the Biden Challenge

When opening the conference, Vice President Biden said, “We urgently need to address the lack of growth in the middle class.”

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3 Ways to Boost Pay for Colorado Workers

Colorado workers would benefit from these three actions to raise pay. Will policymakers act?

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The Irony of Middle Class Wages in Colorado

Coloradans in low-wage jobs are seeing pay bumps, but not enough to live a middle class lifestyle. For folks in jobs paying middle class wages, their wage gains aren't keeping up with costs.

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