AUTHORS: Rich Jones | The Bell Policy Center

AUTHORS: Rich Jones

Mar 22, 2017
President Trump released his "Skinny Budget" March 16, a broad outline of his priorities for the federal budget.  He proposes to increase spending on defense by $54 billion and pay for it with cuts to other areas. Based on our initial review of the data provided, we find his budget to be shortsighted.  It chokes off investments that pr...
Mar 20, 2017
Revenues continue to grow in Colorado, but lawmakers will have their hands full balancing the state’s budget. On Friday, economists from the governor’s office and the Legislative Council s...
Mar 9, 2017
By Rich Jones A critical vote could come in the U.S. Senate any day now. And Sen. Cory Gardner has the chance to stand up for his constituents instead of appeasing Wall Street interests lobbying him to stymie local and state efforts to tackle our nation’s retirement needs. Nearly 800,000 Coloradans have no access to retirement plans at work and...
Feb 22, 2017
A poll of owners of small and medium sized businesses found strong support for expanding access to workplace retirement savings plans and policy initiatives that would boost savings. The pollsters surveyed both busin...
Feb 16, 2017
Last night, the U. S. House of Representatives passed two resolutions that will make it harder for states to help workers save for retirement.  These resolutions repeal a Department of Labor rule that...
Feb 3, 2017
Today the Trump Administration announced a plan to ask the Department of Labor either to rescind or revise a rule to protect workers and retirees who seek advice about their retirement savings from financial advisors. Scheduled to take effect in April, the “fiduciary rule” would require that investment advisors act in the best interests of their...
Jan 30, 2017
Colorado consumers should pay close attention when the Senate Judiciary Committee meets later this week. Today, lobbyists for the debt collection industry proposed letting the Colorado Fair Debt Collection Act expire.  If this happens, lawyers in the Colorado Attorney General’s office would lose their ability to license and regulate debt co...
Dec 30, 2016
Almost a quarter of a million hard working Coloradans will get a raise on Sunday as the minimum wage is hiked from $8.31 to $9.30 per hour.  This will pump about $100 million into the Colorado economy.  The increase was triggered when Coloradans voted to approve Amendment 70 on November 8th  and goes into effect on January 1, 2017....

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