AUTHORS: Rich Jones | The Bell Policy Center

AUTHORS: Rich Jones

Aug 18, 2017
As part of our research on the levers driving economic opportunity, we're examining the effect of automation and artificial intelligence on jobs in Colorado. Some technologists and economists argue “robots” will...
Aug 11, 2017
While at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston, I attended a session entitled, “What Happened to the American Dream?” Several of the presentation’s key takeaways will help inform our work promoting economic opportunity in Colorado. Robert Manduca...
Aug 8, 2017
I had the honor of attending and participating in an interesting event last week at the Pueblo chapter of the NAACP. Focused on predatory lending, the meeting featured research from our friends at the...
Jul 17, 2017
Update: July 25, 2017: The CFPB rule protecting consumers from predatory fine print is now fighting to survive. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress blocked the regulatory measure this afternoon, on a near party line vote with 231 in favor of repeal and 190 opposed (One Republican opposed). Colorado’s own Rep. Scott...
Jun 20, 2017
We know that when parents have access to programs that further their education and skills while their children receive quality early education, both generations have a fairer shot at success. The Bell Policy Center is working with Civic Canopy to provide research and policy development support to the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SW...
Jun 1, 2017
Survey Shows Americans Doing Better Financially, But It Depends on Their Income Seven out of ten American households report they are “living comfortably” or “doing okay” in 2016, an increase of one percentage point since 2015 and eight percentage points higher than 2013.  However, the improvements in well-being are concentrated among those...
Jun 1, 2017
During this past legislative session’s debate over the Colorado Secure Savings Plan, opponents argued that the proposal was not needed because workers without a workplace plan could just open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to save for retirement. A recent Wall Street Journal article disputes that argument, highlighting that while most wo...
The legislative session wraps up today and we wanted to help you understand how 9 key issues critical to economic opportunity fared under the golden dome this year. We highlighted many of these issues in our 2017 Opportunity Handbook. Check it out here. Our 9 Opp...

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