AUTHORS: Scott Wasserman | The Bell Policy Center

AUTHORS: Scott Wasserman

Aug 9, 2017
Colorado’s total state budget is $29 billion. That's right; billion with a "B." That’s a big number. It’s bigger this year than it was two years ago.   All too often, Colorado’s most extreme conservatives use these oversimplified statements as if they are some kind of thunderclap in the raging debate over our state’s finances. It'...
Jun 20, 2017
It’s rare for state fiscal news to trend on social media, but that’s exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago when the Kansas state legislature issued its rebuke of Gov. Sam Brownback’s “real live experiment” with slashing tax revenues. In this week’s e-blast, you’ll see an article by our Generation Latino Fellow, Erin Castillo, taking a deep...
Jun 1, 2017
Colorado needs to start taking the volumes of data and analysis about the future of work and the economy seriously enough to begin acting on them. These challenges will not solve themselves. We need to get serious about future-proofing our econo...
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...
May 10, 2017
It was remarkable to see such a broad spectrum of interests come out in favor of our Secure Savings retirement proposal this year. For organizations like AARP, the NAACP and small business entrepreneurs, the consensus was clear: we’re running out of time to ensure a secure financial future and we need better options. Even...
May 10, 2017
Here in Colorado, we’re no strangers to the fiscal time bomb. We know well the eleventh-hour financial crisis that results from butting up against an impending, artificial public spending limit. At least a few times over the past 25 years, our state lawmakers have had to become expert bomb technicians, carefully rewiring the inner workings of our c...
Apr 20, 2017
Senate Bill 17-267 has been widely reported as the last, best chance to save our rural hospitals, but as it stands right now, the bill, which goes by the title, “Concerning the Sustainability of Rural Colorado,” is anything but sustainable. The proposal calls for a $670 million cut to the revenue cap that voters approved when they voted for Referen...
Apr 18, 2017
Last Thursday evening, the Colorado Secure Savings Plan passed out of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee on a party line vote. Throughout the committee hearing, we heard from a string of naysayers – each of whom acknowledged that Coloradans are saving far too little, but all of whom...

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