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Jan 11, 2017
By Scott Wasserman, President As we plunge into 2017, policy battles are emerging on many fronts. Many of us feel overwhelmed as we decide how to act and when to fight. When it comes to issues affecting economic opportunity, the Bell is committed to informing your action with research you can count on and perspective that helps you make sense of it all. At the national level, we are very likely to see dramatic changes to the social and econ...


Jan 11, 2017
In the wake of the election, pollsters and policy analysts all want to understand what Rust Belt voters are thinking. The Kaiser Family Foundation did focus groups with Rust Belt residents and talked to them about their health care. Among the takea...
Jan 11, 2017
Education has always been a key stepping stone to success in the U.S. But some adults don’t have the education they need to access post-secondary education and good jobs. Without diplomas and key skills, these adults can struggle. In Colorado, about 340,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 64 lack a high school diploma or its equivalent. That’s al...
Jan 4, 2017
America faces a retirement crisis, as a substantial number of working families are not saving enough to meet their needs in retirement. Several national studies show that anywhere from half to two-thirds of working families are at risk of not being able to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living. Low-income working families are most at ris...
Dec 30, 2016
Colorado now has a framework to help Coloradans who hope to age in their communities, thanks to ...
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....