Posts by Bell Policy Center Staff

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Housing Financing 101: Affordable Housing in Jefferson County

Jeffco residents want more affordable housing. Local governments recognize the need and want to fill it. Housing developers are incentivized to fill this gap. But prohibitive factors stand in their way.

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Joe Deaguero: The Many Faces of Jeffco’s Affordable Housing Crisis

This blog series gives insight into how a range of individuals are experiencing Jeffco’s affordable housing crisis.

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Dan Horan: The Many Faces of Jeffco’s Affordable Housing Crisis

This blog series gives insight into how a range of individuals are experiencing Jeffco’s affordable housing crisis.

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In The Know: Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

Learn how Medicaid reimbursement rates are determined, why they fall short, and how we can increase them and the wages for care workers.

Colorado Ballot Initiatives Primer & Tracker 

View our 2024 Ballot Initiatives Primer + Tracker and learn how measures get onto the Colorado ballot.

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Poverty Data Shows Who Would Benefit From a Child Tax Credit

Addressing and taking steps to reduce child poverty through a refundable credit will benefit Colorado’s children and families, while also creating a stronger, more equitable state. 

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Differing Property Tax Changes

Property taxes have been growing across the state, with legislators offering relief using the most available tools. However, we could better target relief through income tax and we could ensure adequate funding through alternative revenue sources.

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$3 billion Budget Hit from Conservative Ballot Initiatives

The Colorado General Assembly’s nonpartisan staff on Tuesday released fiscal impact statements for three conservative property tax ballot measures and they show the state’s general fund budget would take a $3 billion hit if any of the measures were to succeed at the November ballot. That would be “about 15 percent” of the 2024-25 budget, according to the analyses.

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In The Know: Fees, Fines, and Add-Ons for Installment Loans

Add-on costs and fees are a growing concern for Coloradans and they're beginning to appear in more and more places. These additional charges quickly add up and exacerbate financial challenges for consumers.

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2024 Budget Inadequacies

This video series shows how pressing needs go unfulfilled in Colorado, despite being a state with a $1.8 billion budget "surplus."