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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...
May 5, 2016
Testimony for the Senate Finance Committee Mister chair and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to comment. I am Natalie O’Donnell Wood, a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to making Colorad...
May 5, 2016
Testimony to Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Thank you for the opportunity to present this testimony. I am Duy Pham, the public interest fellow with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to making Colorado a state of op...
May 4, 2016
Testimony to the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee   Thank you for the opportunity to present this testimony. I am Rich Jones, the Director of Policy and Research with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to making...

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