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Feb 22, 2017
The barber shop is already crowded by 9 a.m. on a Saturday. An 8-year-old boy and his dad take turns sitting in the red swivel chair in the front as soul music emanates from speakers. Another customer relaxes as he waits in a chair by the door, easing his head against the wall, shutting his eyes and tapping his feet to a drum solo. In the back, a swanky young barber uses a straight razor to shave an older man on his face, then on his head. Thi...


Feb 21, 2017
Colorado’s African American students are increasingly benefiting from concurrent enrollment as a way to earn college-level credit while still enrolled in high school. All of these students will get a jump start on college. Some may even earn a certificate or associate’s degree prior to graduation without having to pay for the courses. And as the Co...
Feb 22, 2017
A poll of owners of small and medium sized businesses found strong support for expanding access to workplace retirement savings plans and policy initiatives that would boost savings. The pollsters surveyed both busin...
Feb 16, 2017
Last night, the U. S. House of Representatives passed two resolutions that will make it harder for states to help workers save for retirement.  These resolutions repeal a Department of Labor rule that...
Feb 15, 2017
I recently attended the National Skills Coalition Skills Summit in Washington, D.C. Even I was surprised by my key takeaway. Yes, there’s a great deal of uncertainty about President Trump’s agenda for postsecondary education, skills training, and workforce development. But, I left D.C. at least somewhat reassured that the skills agenda can move for...
Feb 14, 2017
Call your U.S. Senators this week. The Bell Policy Center is joining with AARP Colorado to ask for your help in protecting state flexibility on retirement savings programs. Tell members of Congress not to take up Joint Resolutions 66 and 67. Please oppose these resolutions if they are brought for a vote! That could happen as soon as this week....