Statement: Our take on Trump’s budget

President Donald Trump’s potentially disastrous $4.1 trillion budget yet again reveals his administration’s disdain, disrespect and distrust for hard-working Americans struggling to make ends meet. On Monday, Trump released a budget that would balloon the federal deficit while ruthlessly slashing hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid, SNAP, financial assistance for those in need, housing […]

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STATEMENT: Government shutdown is both immoral and unnecessary

The news out of Washington today of an impending shut-down of the federal government is the latest in a series of unnecessary disruptive and irresponsible developments. We are in this situation because political grand-standing has replaced principled governance. The country stands on the brink of a government shut-down because Congress refuses to resolve the status […]

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Legislative Preview 2018: Health Care

In 2018, CCLP’s Health Program will work to preserve access to Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), which are both cost-effective public programs. In addition, we will participate in efforts to increase pricing transparency and reduce costs in the private insurance market. We anticipate continuing discussion about the impact of federal action on health […]

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Legislative Preview 2018: Family Economic Security

In 2018, CCLP’s Family Economic Security team will collaborate with national partners to protect the interests of low-income Coloradans in federal policy discussions. Since Congress may delegate additional authority to states regarding critical programs and services, we are prepared to work with partner organizations to ensure that decision-makers in Colorado make choices that are in […]

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Thoughts on 2017 and the road ahead

Two-thousand-seventeen has been a rough year. The United States of America has had to reckon with some very ugly strains within our society, which became emboldened by the tone and the result of the 2016 presidential election. While Colorado Center on Law and Policy has worked hard to protect vital resources and programs for people […]

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How and why Colorado must do better

Behind the headlines about Colorado’s prosperous economy lurks the vexing fact that little has changed for most Colorado workers — particularly workers of color — over the past seven years. According to Colorado Center on Law and Policy’s newly released 2017 State of Working Colorado, wage stagnation and underemployment have remained a point of frustration […]

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Beware of falling taxes

Regardless of your credit rating or income, you likely find “free-money” offers inside your mailbox regularly. Perhaps a financial institution with a respectable-sounding name (like “New America Bank”) offers you a no-interest $24,000 cash advance that you could use to buy a new car, fix your house or splurge on a vacation. These get-money-quick schemes […]

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“A home is a home”: A recap of the 2017 IM HOME Conference

Earlier this month, I had the privilege to attend Prosperity Now’s 2017 IM HOME (Innovations in Manufactured Housing) Conference in Providence, R.I. The conference brought together advocates, retailers, lenders, activists, manufacturers, academics, economic developers and others to collaborate on everything and anything related to manufactured-housing issues. Colorado Center on Law and Policy believes that manufactured […]

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Trump’s latest action attacks health care and working Coloradans

Chaos causes sleepless nights, panic and financial ruin, and sometimes – when the issue involves international relations or health care – chaos kills. The decision announced yesterday by President Trump to end funding for cost-sharing reductions will engender chaos, with disastrous outcomes on a personal and market level unless Congress acts quickly. With the decision […]

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Ian Haney López on moving America forward

Many regard America as the land of freedom, opportunity and ethnic and racial diversity. Still, it can’t be denied that overt and systematic racism played and continues to play a major role in the story of our country. “If you want to tell the story of race, start with Native American dispossession,” said Ian Haney […]

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Meet Ed Kahn: Champion of Economic Justice

Despite his contributions to protecting civil rights and advancing the interests of the state’s less-fortunate residents, it’s safe to say that Ed Kahn, Esq., is not a household name in Colorado. Regardless, Ed is well-known and respected within Colorado’s legal community for being the attorney involved in some of the state’s most significant court cases […]

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