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.

Colorado Workers Face a Retirement Crisis

Today, almost 900,000 Colorado private-sector workers in their prime working years are not participating in traditional pensions or 401(k)-type retirement savings plans at work.

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.

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

The Bell offers five comments on the draft plan.

PERA

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.

paid sick leave

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.

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.

2005 Opportunity Report

What is opportunity? How is it generated and sustained in the 21st century? In this 2005 iteration of "Colorado: The State of Opportunity," the Bell seeks to answer these questions and more.

Cycle of Opportunity

The Bell Policy Center first introduced the Cycle of Opportunity concept in 2002 to illustrate how we believe opportunity is created and sustained in the 21st century.