Ideas That Work

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Progressive Income Tax: How It WorksAs conversations about taxing upper-income individuals heat up across the country, many people are surprised to learn a progressive income tax system isn’t even an option in Colorado.
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Respite Coverage & Private InsuranceThis brief explores innovative solutions that can increase access to respite and help foster a healthier, more supportive, and robust Colorado.
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Universal Portable Benefits State ScanColorado has already taken some action to develop its own unique universal portable benefits system, but we can, and must, do more. Learning from other states can help.
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Career Ladders for Long-Term Care WorkersLong-term care workers are often underpaid, under trained, and lacking important benefits and career advancement opportunities.
Caring for Our Caring Workforce: A Stronger Direct Service WorkforceThere’s increasing acknowledgement we must do more to support our direct care workers. We explore several promising ways to do this.
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Colorado's Emerging Postsecondary & Workforce EcosystemThe first phase of the Bell's Future of Work & Learning Project is a landscape assessment, outlining major stakeholders and legislation that has shaped the ecosystem.
Making Child Care More Affordable in ColoradoColorado's average cost of child care for a 4-year-old is about $11,000 per year, while infant care is closer to $15,000.
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Healthy Aging & Promising Practices: A State Scan of Long-Term Care PoliciesTo truly see the benefits of our older population, we must address gaps preventing healthy aging. This report highlights specific state programs across the country Colorado can learn from.
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Student Debt Solutions: Sizing Up Colorado's ApproachLegislation introduced on the first day of session could help Colorado’s students and their families don’t borrow for higher education at their own financial peril.
What Are Vendor Fees?Due to a high percentage and no cap, businesses in Colorado keep more money from vendor fees than all but a few other states. What does this mean for you?
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Colorado Paid Leave: Learning From Massachusetts & WashingtonDespite proposed bills, a Colorado paid leave plan has been stymied by the state Senate, while six states and D.C. already have laws on the books.
Supporting Colorado Caregivers Through Respite CareRespite is a vital service for families who are taking care of a loved one at home. This brief examines how policymakers can better understand the structural needs, challenges, and opportunities of respite care.
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Briefed by the Bell — Health CareColorado has made major strides in increasing access to health care over the last 10 years, but consistently increasing costs put health care out of reach for families.
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The Future of Work: Implications for Colorado WomenColorado's economy depends on working women, yet Colorado women cannot depend on our current workplace policies, regulations, politics, and societal norms.
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Briefed by the Bell — Two-Generation SolutionsWorking with parents and children together, we can help both attain skills to set them up for success throughout their lives.
Colorado Middle Class Families
Colorado Middle Class Families: Characteristics & Cost PressuresA new study highlights a scary truth: Achieving a middle class lifestyle is impossible for most Colorado families with actual middle-income levels. Read the full findings now.
Mapping Study: Two-Generation Ideas for Denver NeighborhoodsThe Bell identified the educational and job training needs of Denver-area families and developed a list of programs, policies, and resources available to provide these services. This mapping study focuses on identifying what currently exists, the students being served, and the major barriers and gaps in accessing the available services.
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Why Coloradans Need Paid Leave & How to Offer itA robust, universal paid leave insurance program would benefit all of us. Colorado’s changing demographics and the future of work require us to rethink what “insurance” means, and find ways to offer paid family and medical leave to everyone.
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Testimony: Study Colorado Health Care Coverage OptionsMany Coloradans, particularly those in mountain and rural communities, are reaching a health care crisis point. We need to problem solve now.
A Look Past the Cliff: Understanding Colorado's Cliff Effect Pilot ProgramTo better understand how the Colorado Cliff Effect Pilot Program helps families achieve economic mobility, the Bell Policy Center conducted a study examining advantages and areas for improvement.
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The Bell Calls on Colorado Legislature to Invest in Child Care, Early Childhood EducationMoney spent on children under age 4 have an enormous return on investment, including less reliance on social services later in life and an economic boost by allowing parents the time and ability to work.
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Mayor Hancock Launches Consumer Financial Protection Initiative to Fight Predatory EconomyDenver Mayor Michael Hancock announced the Denver Office of Financial Empowerment will launch the city's first Consumer Financial Protection Initiative to protect Coloradans from the predatory economy.
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We Need to Talk About Retirement in ColoradoWhether you're just starting out or getting closer to the end of your career, saving for retirement must be a priority for all Coloradans.
2018 Legislative Watch List: Colorado Two-Generation PoliciesAs we seek to make economic mobility for every Coloradan a reality, two-generation policies will be crucial to that mission. Here, we identify the bills being considered during the 2018 legislative session that focus on both children and parents.
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