Family Economic Security | The Bell Policy Center
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Bell Policy Center promotes public policies that help families get ahead and stay ahead economically. Economic security for families is key to making Colorado a state of opportunity for all. Barriers to family economic security include:

  • Stagnant family incomes. Family incomes have failed to keep pace with economic growth since the late 1970s. 
  • Rising child care costs. Low- and moderate-income families face big challenges including the high cost of child care.
  • Limited education and training. More than 430,000 working-age Coloradans lack high school diplomas, preventing them from moving up and earning higher wages. 
  • Shrinking savings. More than 750,000 working Coloradans have no option to save for retirement at work. 
  • Predatory lending. Bad lending practices continue to slow the accumulation of assets by families and strip wealth from those who can least afford it.

The Bell takes on up to a half-dozen efforts at a time to enhance family economic security, and over the years we’ve helped families win some major victories. These include a higher minimum wage, a huge reduction in the cost of payday loans and a significant expansion of protections against workplace discrimination. 

Current priorities:

  • Enhance retirement savings. Develop a secure option for more workers to save for retirement.
  • Help children and their parents. Develop two-generation strategies that tie education and training opportunities for parents with early childhood education opportunities for their children.
  • Increase the minimum wage. Further increase the state minimum wage to keep pace with basic needs.
  • Stop predatory lending. Protect borrowers from a wide range of predatory lending practices.

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Sep 7, 2017
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Sep 5, 2017
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Aug 25, 2017
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