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RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

Apr 4, 2017
The Bell strongly supports continuing the Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  The provisions of this statute and its effective implementation by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office provides needed consumer protections for all Coloradans.  We understand that several changes to the statute are being proposed in SB17-216....
Mar 29, 2017
Natalie O'Donnell Wood, a senior policy analyst with the Bell, testified on March 28 in favor of HB 17-1253, a bill that proects seniors from financial abuse. Here's her testimony: The Bell supports HB 17-1253, which amends the Colorado Securities Act to require certain financial professio...
Our newly released Opportunity Handbook provides policy suggestions for some of the most important problems facing Colorado today. Take a look for key data points and analysis from our experts.
Mar 29, 2017
When we visualize the face of the national student loan debt crisis, we tend to think of people in their 20s and 30s struggling to start careers, families, and build a better future. But increasingly, the face of unmanageable student loan debt is also that of retirement-age Americans. While some older borrowers have student loan debts from their ow...
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’ proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would impact Colorado. While the first attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) flamed out in spectacular fashion, House Speaker Paul Ryan insists that “health care isn’t dead.”  So how would the c...
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...

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