Posts by Scott Wasserman

Student Debt Legislation in Colorado

Missing from Fiscal Reform & the Ballot: Tax Fairness

For the Bell Policy Center, our commitment to tax fairness isn’t just a political innovation -- it's a recognition of the degrading effects economic stratification and inequality have had on our communities.

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From Our President: The Bell & Race

As an organization, we have some work to do and questions to ask ourselves when it comes to bringing urgency and greater community engagement to our equity work.

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New Priorities for a New Normal

As we get ready for the resumption of Colorado's legislative session, the Bell Policy Center has reorganized its public policy priorities for the challenges of a new normal.

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Colorado Tax Policy: Is This the Year We Get it Right?

Like a stunned Bill Murray marooned in Punxsutawney, Colorado wakes up each year condemned to solve an elusive financial puzzle.

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Bell President Reflects on 2018 Legislative Session

While we and our many partners advocated for practical proposals to help struggling Coloradans, a slew of great ideas met their end in the Senate’s State Affairs committee in the 2018 legislative session.

Forget “Middle Class” — $63,000 for a Denver Family to Just Subsist

In 2018, we will more deeply analyze how we rebuild a diverse and thriving middle class. In a recent Denver Post op-ed, Bell President Scott Wasserman discusses why we think this is such an important mission.

Tax Bill

Tax Bill Mismatched to Our Economic Needs

Will Colorado stick with the same ideology that spawned the GOP tax plan, or will we finally decide to pursue progressive tax policies that ensure economic mobility for every Coloradan?

Taxman Podcast

About That “Taxman” Podcast…

"The Taxman" podcast by CPR is a Rorschach test: For those who know about TABOR’s perils, it affirms their opposition, and to those who support it, the piece serves to strengthen their view of anti-tax activists.  

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Key 2018 Colorado Budget Takeaways

Colorado’s growth will only translate into inclusive prosperity for all Coloradans when we are able to beat back the voices insisting we do more with less.  

Beware the Big-Number Boogeyman

Too often, Colorado’s most extreme conservatives use these oversimplified statements as if they are some kind of thunderclap in the raging debate over our state’s finances. It's a particular line of attack I call the “Big-Number Boogeyman” argument.