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Jul 6, 2016
Closing the skills gap between the jobs that employers need to fill and the individuals trained to fill them remains a key goal of workforce development efforts at both the state and federal levels. But developing effective programs to accomplish this goal can be a challenge. A...
Jul 6, 2016
Mothers’ increased working hours have helped stabilize and boost family income, according to a new issue brief. The brief from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, “Working mothers with infants...
Jul 5, 2016
A new report on the status of Social Security and Medicare programs shows that there has been almost no change in the status of Social Security in the last year. A shortfall still exists, according to the Trustees of the Social Security Trust Funds, but this shortfall remains...
Jun 30, 2016
Colorado Rep. Janet Buckner looked out from the podium across a room full of advocates, activists and policy experts gathered to discuss economic policy issues for women of color. Echoing the sentiments of many, she said, “We need to rebuild the path to economic security for our families. Too many people have too much month left at the end of their...
Jun 28, 2016
One night in late May, a group of parents had dinner in Arapahoe County. Over chips and salsa, the group traded stories about kindergarten graduations and summer camps. The talk quickly turned to the issue of child care affordability. “Day care has gotten crazy expensive,” said one parent, who has a teenager and a 4-year old. “I’m worried because i...
Jun 24, 2016
The financial sector is exploiting the economic position of women in a practice called “pinklining,” according to a new report from New Jersey Communities United (NJCU), ISAIAH, and the ACCE institute. “Pinklining” is a term coined by the report to describe predatory lending practices that disproportionately force women and women of color deeper in...
Jun 24, 2016
Making postsecondary education more accessible and affordable is a hot topic at both the federal and state levels. One approach receiving increased attention has been the notion of free community college. A recent policy brief from The American Association of State Colleges and Univers...
Jun 20, 2016
State budget writers are expected to have slightly lower revenues to work with according to estimates presented today by state economists. The Legislative Council...
Jun 16, 2016
Low-wage workers are falling farther behind. Working full time at minimum wage is not enough to support the basic cost of living in most communities in Colorado. Raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 is smart and fair – it will help hardworking families make ends meet and spur economic growth across the state. ...
Jun 16, 2016
The top 1 percent of income-earners took home 113 percent of all income growth in Colorado between 2009 and 2013, according to a new paper published by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) for the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN). The bottom 99 percent experienced an average income decrease of 1 percent. While the income of most Colorad...

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