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Mar 22, 2017
President Trump released his "Skinny Budget" March 16, a broad outline of his priorities for the federal budget.  He proposes to increase spending on defense by $54 billion and pay for it with cuts to other areas. Based on our initial review of the data provided, we find his budget to be shortsighted.  It chokes off investments that pr...
Mar 20, 2017
Revenues continue to grow in Colorado, but lawmakers will have their hands full balancing the state’s budget. On Friday, economists from the governor’s office and the Legislative Council s...
Mar 9, 2017
By Rich Jones A critical vote could come in the U.S. Senate any day now. And Sen. Cory Gardner has the chance to stand up for his constituents instead of appeasing Wall Street interests lobbying him to stymie local and state efforts to tackle our nation’s retirement needs. Nearly 800,000 Coloradans have no access to retirement plans at work and...
Mar 9, 2017
We’re keeping a close eye on how the Congressional Republicans’ newly proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA), introduced on Monday, would impact Colorado. The measure would effectively repeal many aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a budget process. The plan contains major threats to the health ca...
Mar 8, 2017
Digesting the implications of federal policy changes is quickly becoming a forte for our policy analysts. This week, our health analyst, Natalie O'Donnell Wood, provides the Colorado perspective on Congressional Republicans' proposal to unwind the Affo...
Mar 8, 2017
Colorado’s Western Slope and rural counties have the highest health insurance rates in the state and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne wants to provide quick help so working people can better afford health insurance. She’s supporting financial assistance to bring do...
Mar 6, 2017
By Alexia Klapan Debt haunts millions of Americans and some of it comes back to life long after it has been paid or when consumers never owed in the first place. That’s what’s known as “zombie debt.”   Debt and consumer rights are hot topics these days. That’s because the Trump Administration has threatened to dismantle the federal Consum...
Mar 2, 2017
Today is national “Read Across America Day,” an annual program sponsored by the National Education Association to ensure that every child celebrates reading today on Dr. Seuss' birthday. In Colorado and across the country, schools, libraries, community centers, hospitals, churches, and bookstores...
Mar 1, 2017
Good news: according to the newest rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Colorado has the best economy in the country. Bad news: despite this amazing distinction, Colorado ranked #9 overall because we are unable to pull ourselves out of a self-imposed scarcity that squanders our pro...
Feb 27, 2017
Senior Policy Analyst, Frank Waterous, testified in support of Senate Bill 17-118 on Feb. 13. Please see his testimony below or click here to download it. Thank you for the opportunity to p...

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