What Happened to Colorado’s Middle Class?

Research done for the Bell Policy Center shows "traditional success is unobtainable for families earning the median income, regardless of county, age of children, or year studied." 

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Testimony: Oppose Reduction of Colorado State Income Tax Rate

Public investments play a vital role in building and maintaining infrastructure, educating residents, and reducing the costs of services that help put opportunities for economic mobility within the reach of more families. The drastic cuts in revenue projected under HB18-1203 will make it even more difficult to help families get ahead.

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Stop Digging: Colorado Needs Strong Public Investments

We need serious proposals that will ensure economic growth for every Coloradan, not bumper-sticker bills designed to make out-of-state funders happy. Our message to legislators is ‘put down the shovel.’

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Colorado’s Economy: Strong Yet Uneven

While Colorado's economy may be strong, uneven growth throughout the state, an uptick in low-wage jobs and industries, and continued wealth and income inequality mean not everyone is benefitting.

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On The Chopping Block: Colorado Public Investments

Today, the share of Colorado’s economy invested in public services aimed at expanding opportunity is a smaller portion than at almost any time in the past 40 years.

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Colorado’s Demographics: An Older, More Diverse State

Because Colorado's demographics affect so much of how our state operates, it’s imperative to recognize how these elements play into the vision of economic opportunity.

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About That “Taxman” Podcast…

"The Taxman" podcast by CPR is a Rorschach test: For those who know about TABOR’s perils, it affirms their opposition, and to those who support it, the piece serves to strengthen their view of anti-tax activists.  

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TABOR: Restrictive Tax Limit Curbs Economic Mobility in Colorado

In 1992, Colorado voters approved the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, a constitutional amendment designed to restrain growth in government. TABOR is the most restrictive tax and spending limitation in the country.

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.

Understanding Colorado’s Fiscal Challenges in 14 Charts

We've created 14 charts to better explain the fiscal challenges Colorado faces.

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