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Briefed by the bell health care
Briefed by the Bell — Health CareColorado has made major strides in increasing access to health care over the last 10 years, but consistently increasing costs put health care out of reach for families.
colorado women future of work
The Future of Work: Implications for Colorado WomenWith more Colorado women in positions to change and lead state policy, there is a now real chance for issues affecting whole families, not just women, to finally be elevated in ways to address the demands that will soon be compounded by the economy of tomorrow.
two-generation solutions
Briefed by the Bell — Two-Generation SolutionsWorking with parents and children together, we can help both attain skills to set them up for success throughout their lives.
Wealth & Income Inequality Colorado Briefed by the Bell
Briefed by the Bell — Wealth & Income InequalityDid you know the top 1 percent takes in 16.6 percent of all income in Colorado? Find out what we can do to address rising inequality in Colorado.
predatory economy, briefed by the bell
Briefed by the Bell — Predatory EconomyThe predatory economy is at work in Colorado. The question now is what will our policymakers do to stop it?
family security
Briefed by the Bell — Family SecurityFor many Coloradans, taking time off to meet family care needs comes with the constant fear of losing a paycheck or job.
Colorado Middle Class Families
Colorado Middle Class Families: Characteristics & Cost PressuresA new study highlights a scary truth: Achieving a middle class lifestyle is impossible for most Colorado families with actual middle-income levels. Read the full findings now.
Mapping Study: Two-Generation Ideas for Denver NeighborhoodsThe Bell identified the educational and job training needs of Denver-area families and developed a list of programs, policies, and resources available to provide these services. This mapping study focuses on identifying what currently exists, the students being served, and the major barriers and gaps in accessing the available services.
paid leave
Why Coloradans Need Paid Leave & How to Offer itA robust, universal paid leave insurance program would benefit all of us. Colorado’s changing demographics and the future of work require us to rethink what “insurance” means, and find ways to offer paid family and medical leave to everyone.
colorado health care coverage options
Testimony: Study Colorado Health Care Coverage OptionsMany Coloradans, particularly those in mountain and rural communities, are reaching a health care crisis point. We need to problem solve now.
colorado's middle class squeeze
Colorado's Middle Class Squeeze is RealColorado's middle class is in trouble. That's according to CU Denver Professors Geoff Propheter and Todd Ely, who revealed their preliminary findings from a state-specific study focusing on the middle class squeeze.
colorado medicaid work requirements
Testimony: Oppose Colorado Medicaid Work RequirementsA work requirement is unlikely to spur large numbers of additional non-disabled adults to get a job, but it will lead to tens of thousands of people losing coverage.
A Look Past the Cliff: Understanding Colorado's Cliff Effect Pilot ProgramTo better understand how the Colorado Cliff Effect Pilot Program helps families achieve economic mobility, the Bell Policy Center conducted a study examining advantages and areas for improvement.
colorado legislature
The Bell Calls on Colorado Legislature to Invest in Child Care, Early Childhood EducationMoney spent on children under age 4 have an enormous return on investment, including less reliance on social services later in life and an economic boost by allowing parents the time and ability to work.
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." 
retirement in colorado
We Need to Talk About Retirement in ColoradoWhether you're just starting out or getting closer to the end of your career, saving for retirement must be a priority for all Coloradans.
child care expenses
Testimony: Support Expanding Child Care Expenses Income Tax CreditIncreasing the state tax credit for child care expenses as a percentage of the federal tax credit and extending eligibility to those with middle incomes will help more Coloradans afford child care. The Bell supports HB18-1208 to expand the child care expenses income tax credit and urges a yes vote on it.
student loan predators
Colorado Can Stop Student Loan PredatorsOutstanding student loan debt now totals $24.75 billion across the state, outpacing all other debt outside of mortgages. Adding insult to injury, federal student loan servicers often operate deceptively to collect on these debts.
drug price transparency in colorado
Testimony: Support Drug Price Transparency in ColoradoIncreased drug price transparency in Colorado provides the public with information about how rising prescription drug prices impact health care costs, and helps Coloradans plan for these expenses.
colorado state income tax rate
Testimony: Oppose Reduction of Colorado State Income Tax RatePublic 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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