Insights Archive

Insights Archive

Smart Policy Can Make Long-Term Care More Accessible for Older AdultsMaine’s effort draws attention to the growing discrepancy between the needs of and resources for older adults. As Colorado experiences its own demographic changes, we must face this challenge head on.
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.
higher education
Higher Education & Lower Public InvestmentsAs pointed out in our Guide to Economic Mobility, the share of costs at Colorado’s public colleges and universities paid by students and families has doubled since 2000.
Automatic Enrollment
Could Automatic Enrollment Help Colorado’s Retirement Crisis?When confronted with complex decisions, behavioral economics tells us the natural human reaction is to procrastinate. That's where automatic enrollment comes in.
colorado wages
Growth in Colorado Wages Promising, But Questions LingerIt looks like Colorado wages finally got the memo about the state's strong economic growth and near-record low unemployment.
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.
wage gains
A Deeper Look at Wage Gains in ColoradoNew data show wage gains in Colorado are on the rise, but we have a lot of work to do to ensure economic growth is shared more broadly among all Coloradans.
California Court Case Could Have Implications for Colorado WorkersWith all of the distractions of the 2018 legislative session, Colorado's policymakers may have missed an important court case in California. The decision could have major implications for how workers are treated in the new economy.
two-gen bills
Two-Gen Bills: What Did & Did Not Pass During 2018 Legislative SessionLawmakers passed 12 of the 18 two-gen bills we highlighted, and five have already been signed into law. Bills emphasizing early childhood education, child care, and strategies to boost children’s outcomes were more successful than those primarily focusing on parents.  
2018 legislative session
Bell President Reflects on 2018 Legislative SessionWhile 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.
colorado legislative session
2018 Legislative Session Report CardThis year's legislative session was a critical one for Colorado. There seemed to be real momentum to find solutions to alleviate rising costs, stagnant wages, and answer tricky questions about our state's new economy. So how well did the 2018 Colorado General Assembly do?
colorado's middle class squeeze
Colorado's Middle Class Squeeze is RealColorado's middle class is in trouble. That's according to CU Denver Professors Geoff Propheter and Todd Ely, who revealed their preliminary findings from a state-specific study focusing on the middle class squeeze.
colorado wages
New Data Shows Colorado Wages Struggle to Keep Pace with Inflation On the surface, Colorado wages may seem rosy, but a closer look at the numbers shows there’s a lot more work to do. 
the bell, future of work
The Future of Work: Colorado Legislators Must See the Forest for the TreesAs one of the Colorado legislature’s first forays into the implications of the contingency economy and future of work, SB-171 should not be treated lightly.
colorado legislature
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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