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RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

Nov 11, 2015
Thank you Mr. Chair and members of the Board. My name is Rich Jones, and I am the Director of Policy and Research with the Bell Policy Center. I appreciate the opportunity to provide public comment to you today regarding Colorado’s High School Equivalency program, and the related rulemaking and RFA that you will take up again at your December meeti...
Oct 29, 2015
Public Comment to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education: Continuing Opposition to Portions of Your Proposed Tuition Policy Process and FY 2016-17 Tuition Recommendation Frank Waterous, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst October 29, 2015 Thank you Mr. Chair, Lt. Governor, and commissioners. My name is Frank Waterous, and I am a Senior Policy...
Oct 28, 2015
Lack of access to employer-sponsored plans is one of the major problems hampering American’s ability to save for retirement, according to The Washington Monthly’s Republic 3.0 blog: Research finds that people are more likely to save for ret...
Oct 20, 2015
To understand how Colorado finds itself in its current fiscal condition, it is helpful to look back at some critical decisions made by legislators and voters over the last 33 years, and at some of the economic and political factors that drove those decisions. (An update of "The Road to 2007," part of "Looking Forward, Colorado's fiscal prospects after Ref C.")  
Oct 19, 2015
The Bell's director of policy and research explains TABOR rebates and illustrates how that money could be better used to fund state priorities.
Sep 22, 2015
Colorado's economy is projected to continue to grow over the next two years, albeit not as quickly as it did in 2014. As a result, state revenues will also grow but at a modest rate that will put pressure on state budgets. These projections were part of Monday's quarterly economic and revenue forecasts presented by ...
Aug 4, 2015
Based on statistical tests, there is no evidence that anti-discrimination remedies negatively affect growth in small businesses nationwide. States with stronger anti-discrimination laws have better small business numbers than those with less-stringent laws. A detailed analysis of state laws that provide remedies to workers who prove wor...
Jun 19, 2015
Colorado’s economy is projected to continue to grow, generating enough revenue to make the Earned Income Tax Credit effective this year, according to the state revenue and economic forecasts.  Once it is triggered as a TABOR rebate, it becomes a permanent tax credit set at 10 percent of the federal EITC and available every year. This is gre...
May 19, 2015
We respectfully ask Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto House Bill 15-1390 because: 1)  HB1390 will significantly increase the cost for a typical loan. According to the Colorado Attorney General's Office, this bill will increase the costs of an average $6,000 loan by 38.1 percent. 2)  HB1390 will cost Coloradans more than $25 million in additional int...
Mar 24, 2015
Creation of the Colorado Retirement Security Task Force HB15-1235 Rich Jones, Director of Policy and Research Testimony to the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee March 24, 2015 Thank you for the opportunity to present this testimony to the committee today. I am Rich Jones, the director of policy and research with the Bell Policy...

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