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Insights Archive

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. 
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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.
Consumer Financial Protection Initiative, predatory economy
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.
stop digging, public investments
Stop Digging: Colorado Needs Strong Public InvestmentsWe need serious proposals that will ensure economic growth for every Coloradan, not bumper-sticker bills designed to make out-of-state funders happy. Our message to legislators is ‘put down the shovel.’
Highlights From Beyond the Boom: Telling the Story of Economic Mobility in ColoradoAlthough headlines continually boast Colorado's preeminent position as a top state economy, our Guide to Economic Mobility shows there is more to the story. To explore this further, we hosted a panel discussion with local journalists to go beyond the boom.
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.
Forget "Middle Class" — $63,000 for a Denver Family to Just SubsistIn 2018, we will more deeply analyze how we rebuild a diverse and thriving middle class. In a recent Denver Post op-ed, Bell President Scott Wasserman discusses why we think this is such an important mission.
Medicaid Work Requirements Aren’t Really About WorkMedicaid work requirements are designed to misdirect anger and concern about rising health costs toward vulnerable people, hoping you won’t notice that they don't fix the actual problem. 
Two-Generation Strategies Stand Out in Governor's State of the StateGovernor Hickenlooper said, “We lifted families out of poverty with a focus on two-generation solutions," emphasizing the impact of two-generation strategies on economic mobility.
Guide to Economic Mobility in ColoradoWe can raise the economic floor, build a diverse and thriving middle class, and embrace innovation in Colorado, but we need facts and ideas to change our trajectory. This guide provides just that.
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