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What Are Universal Portable Benefits?It’s no longer a given workers will have access to the essential building blocks of economic mobility like quality health insurance, retirement savings options, or paid family and medical leave.
What to Know About Colorado's Caring WorkforceThe people who care for and teach our kids and support the needs of our aging loved ones are as much a part of our economy as those who benefit from these services.
Gov. Polis signs Secure Savings
With Gov. Polis' Signature, Saving for Retirement Just Got EasierThe Bell applauds the work of the legislature and state treasurer for taking this critical step toward finding a solution to Colorado’s retirement crisis.
Caring for Our Caring Workforce: Strengthening Colorado's ECE WorkforceWhat's being done and what can be done to strengthen Colorado's early childhood care and education workforce?
early childhood education workforce
Our Caring Workforce: Understanding Colorado's Early Childhood Education WorkersHigh-quality early childhood education is crucial and not possible without supporting the educators who provide this care.
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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Our Caring Workforce: Who Are Colorado's Long-Term Care, Direct Service Workers?The long-term care, direct service workforce is growing rapidly. We look at who these workers are, what they do, and why their work matters.
For-Profit Schools: Bad Actors in Higher EducationFor-profit schools reflect another flaw in the higher education system, thanks to their negative impact on the student debt crisis.
colorado economy, colorado wages
Despite a Strong Economy, Colorado Wages Barely Outpaced Inflation in 2018CDLE data point to wages that continue to grow slowly, and show average workers aren't benefiting as much as economic numbers might suggest.
Denver Workers in Minimum & Low-Wage JobsOur research shows a higher local minimum wage in Denver would likely help over 116,000 workers. Find out more in our latest brief.
The Economic Scale of Student DebtThe impacts on higher education and labor markets, as well as the financial well-being of future generations reflect the scale of the student debt crisis.
colorado secure savings plan
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.
By the Numbers: Colorado Workers in Low-Wage JobsNew Bell analysis shows which Coloradans stand to benefit from changes to local minimum wages. Read our findings now.
Is Middle Class Entry Possible Without a College Degree?Construction and extraction jobs are commonly mentioned as alternatives to the professional and managerial jobs that commonly require (increasingly costly) degrees.
retirement security
Retirement Security: Learning from Oregon & WashingtonA lack of retirement security poses serious problems for Coloradans and their families, but the larger economy will also be in trouble if something doesn't change.
paid leave colorado
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.
colorado women future of work
The Future of Work: Implications for Colorado WomenWith more Colorado women leading state policy, issues affecting whole families can be elevated even more to address the demands compounded by the economy of tomorrow.
two-generation solutions
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 jobs & technology
How Will Technology Affect Colorado Jobs?In a brief completed for the Bell Policy Center by University of Colorado Denver graduate student Lauren Whynott, we explore how technology might affect Colorado jobs as part of our continuing research on the future of work.
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The Irony of Middle Class Wages in ColoradoColoradans in low-wage jobs are seeing pay bumps, but not enough to live a middle class lifestyle. For folks in jobs paying middle class wages, their wage gains aren't keeping up with costs.
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