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Is Middle Class Entry Possible Without a College Degree?Construction and extraction jobs are commonly mentioned as alternatives to the professional and managerial jobs that commonly require (increasingly costly) degrees.
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Retirement Security: Learning from Oregon & WashingtonA lack of retirement security poses serious problems for Coloradans and their families, but the larger economy will also be in trouble if something doesn't change.
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Colorado Paid Leave: Learning From Massachusetts & WashingtonDespite proposed bills, a Colorado paid leave plan has been stymied by the state Senate, while six states and D.C. already have laws on the books.
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The Future of Work: Implications for Colorado WomenWith more Colorado women in positions to lead state policy, there's a real chance for issues affecting whole families to be elevated in ways that address the demands soon to be compounded by the economy of tomorrow.
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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.
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How Will Technology Affect Colorado Jobs?In a brief completed for the Bell Policy Center by University of Colorado Denver graduate student Lauren Whynott, we explore how technology might affect Colorado jobs as part of our continuing research on the future of work.
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The Irony of Middle Class Wages in ColoradoColoradans in low-wage jobs are seeing pay bumps, but not enough to live a middle class lifestyle. For folks in jobs paying middle class wages, their wage gains aren't keeping up with costs.
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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.
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Briefed by the Bell — WagesStagnant wages only compound the financial burden of other necessities, like child care, housing, a college education, and health care.
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.
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Modernizing Overtime Rules in ColoradoOnly 7.7 percent of Coloradans are automatically eligible for overtime pay today, but a new report says Colorado policymakers don't have to wait on the White House to update overtime.
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.
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Testimony: Support Equal Pay for Equal Work ActWhile pay inequity should first be recognized as a moral issue, it is also an economic issue. Colorado loses more than a combined total of $13 billion every year due to the gender wage gap.
Testimony: End Prior Compensation Information PracticesPolicies that focus on a job’s worth, versus an applicant’s salary history, have been implemented by companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Still, a recent survey found only 5 percent of employers say it’s already existing practice not to ask about a candidate's pay history.
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Testimony: Support Local Control of Minimum Wage in ColoradoThe hourly wage needed to be self-sufficient for an adult and a preschooler is $26.86 in Boulder County, $17.41 in Mesa County, $20.18 in El Paso County, and $14.80 in Yuma County. Yet the state minimum wage is the same for all. 
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Testimony: Colorado Secure Savings Plan Offers Coloradans Retirement SecurityIn our 2016 study, we found almost 900,000 Colorado private sector workers in their prime working years are not participating in any type of retirement savings plan at work. The Colorado Secure Savings Plan could change that.
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New Data Shows Colorado Wages Struggle to Keep Pace with Inflation On the surface, Colorado wages may seem rosy, but a closer look at the numbers shows there’s a lot more work to do. 
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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.
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