Posts by Bell Policy Center Staff

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Minimum Wage Facts

Working full time at minimum wage is not enough to support the basic cost of living in most communities in Colorado.

Testimony: Finance Charges on Certain Consumer Credit Transactions

Raising the costs on supervised loans and credit sales forces hard-working Colorado families, many whose credit histories are damaged by the Great Recession, to pay more for no justifiable reason.

Testimony: Support HB16-1196 for ASPIRE Colorado Pilot Program

Based on research, the college savings accounts that will be established through the pilot program authorized in HB16-1196 will help expand the number of Coloradans from low-to moderate-income families who enroll in and complete college.

Splitting State Income Tax Refunds Can Help Families Build Assets

Allowing Coloradans to split their state income tax refunds and directly deposit a portion into several accounts would encourage savings overall and help low- to moderate-income families build wealth.

Testimony: Oppose HB16-1299 to Lower Standards Awarding Defendant Litigation Costs in Employment Discrimination Cases

In a detailed analysis of state anti-discrimination laws that provide remedies to workers who prove workplace discrimination, the Bell Policy Center found these laws have no statistical effect on the creation of small businesses.

Testimony: Support HB16-1287 for Apprenticeship Study

Expanding pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship opportunities is a win-win proposition for Colorado.

Testimony: Support Middle Class College Savings Act

Increasing the deduction for families making less than $250,000 per year will boost their current savings and provide an incentive for modest-income families to begin saving for college.

Testimony: Support SB16-022 to Expand CCCAP Cliff Effect Pilot Program

The “cliff effect” occurs when a modest increase in a family’s income puts them over the income limit for child care assistance and they lose all of their benefits.

Understanding Colorado’s Fiscal Challenges in 14 Charts

We've created 14 charts to better explain the fiscal challenges Colorado faces.

Public Comment: Execution of Workforce Development Under Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

The Bell offers five comments on the draft plan.

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