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Amendment 66 & PERA

PERA is the retirement system for state and local government employees, including teachers. It is the only retirement program for these employees, virtually all of whom do not participate in or receive Social Security benefits.

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Investing in Education Will Boost Colorado’s Economy

Here's a quick look at how Amendment 66 will drive economic success and help Colorado students succeed.

Report: Measuring Opportunities for Working Families

These are the key areas where we can enact change to unleash the potential of Coloradans and provide greater opportunities for Colorado's families to advance toward economic independence and security.

Infographic: College Education Is Way Out of Poverty

Fifty-three percent of Americans raised in the poorest families moved into the middle class thanks to college.

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Report: Assessing Reading Ability Gaps in Colorado 3rd Graders

Children who are not proficient in third grade are less likely to be so in high school and less likely than their proficient counterparts to graduate from high school.

Colorado’s Budget: In Plain Talk

Learn the basics about Colorado's budget.

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Costs & Benefits of Paid Sick Leave

Workers who lack paid sick leave are more likely to come to work sick, send their children to school while sick, recover more slowly from illnesses, and rely on expensive visits to emergency rooms than are workers with sick leave.

Undocumented Immigrants in Colorado: What They Cost, What They Pay

"This analysis clearly shows claims that undocumented immigrants are the cause of our budget problems are way off base," said Rich Jones, director of policy and research.

2010 Opportunity Lost Report

In an update to our 2004 report, Opportunity Lost: When Hard Work Isn't Enough for Colorado's Families, the Bell's 2010 study finds working poor and low-income families now fare worse on many of the same indicators examined in the previous report.

Blueprint for Opportunity: Executive Summary

Coloradans deserve a state government that will confront these challenges and help keep the American Dream alive for hardworking families.