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Feb 14, 2017
Call your U.S. Senators this week. The Bell Policy Center is joining with AARP Colorado to ask for your help in protecting state flexibility on retirement savings programs. Tell members of Congress not to take up Joint Resolutions 66 and 67. Please oppose these resolutions if they are brought for a vote! That could happen as soon as this week....
Feb 10, 2017
We all need to think more deeply about who’s missing from our key conversations. That was advice that Regan Byrd, the Bell Policy Center’s development and operations coordinator, gave Friday during her keynote address at the 22nd Annual Women’s Conference at the University of Denver (DU). Byrd has a deep commitment to social justice, intentio...
Feb 8, 2017
As executive orders and tweets rain down from Washington, DC, many of us engaged in state-based research and advocacy are being asked how all of this will affect our work. The dizzying action in Washington, D.C. has only raised the stakes for what we do here. The bottom line: we still have a state to build and we need your voice to build it!...
Feb 7, 2017
Colorado's Senate Finance Committee voted in favor of a bill on Feb. 7 that would repeal Colorado's health exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. The measure is expected to do well in the full Senate, which Republicans control. But the bill faces opposition in the Democratically-controlled House. Natalie O'Donnell Wood, the Bell's senior analyst wh...
Feb 7, 2017
Students at Colorado’s four-year for-profit colleges have significantly worse outcomes than their peers at public and private nonprofit institutions on several key measures including the likelihood of completing a degree, the amount of loan debt owed and the prevalence of defaulting on their federal loans. For-profit schools include chains like DeV...
Feb 3, 2017
As Colorado grapples with a growing population of seniors, leaders from CLUB 20, Western Colorado’s advocacy group, hosted a panel Friday on how our state can better meet the needs of older Coloradans. The Bell’s Natalie O’Donnell Wood spoke at the panel at the Capitol about the Secure Savings Bill. The measure, which is expected to be introduce...
Feb 3, 2017
Today the Trump Administration announced a plan to ask the Department of Labor either to rescind or revise a rule to protect workers and retirees who seek advice about their retirement savings from financial advisors. Scheduled to take effect in April, the “fiduciary rule” would require that investment advisors act in the best interests of their...
Feb 3, 2017
In Colorado, we’re working hard to help everyone get the education and training they need to realize their full economic potential. I’m part of a state coalition called Skills2Compete and several of us are headed to Washington, D.C. for the national “Skills Summit” hosted by the National Skills Coalition. Our collective vision includes growing the...
Feb 2, 2017
We’ve all heard stories about debt collectors who have harassed consumers even when they’ve paid their debts or never owed them in the first place. That’s why we need to extend the Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Lobbyists for the debt collection industry this week attacked the act, saying Color...
Feb 2, 2017
Bill Murray called it “one of the greatest conceptual scripts I’ve ever seen.” He was talking about Groundhog Day, his 1992 film that depicts a selfish, cynical TV reporter stuck repeating the same day over and over. Over the years, at least for Bi...

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