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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

“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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

Here we go again: Graham-Cassidy bill is as bad as previous repeal and replace efforts and it has a chance of passing

Over the summer, congressional leaders tried again and again to eliminate many of the protections and coverage gains resulting from the Affordable Care Act. They took up bills that would have gutted funding for Medicaid coverage and services and modified insurance protections in ways that would have significantly increased the cost of coverage. Older consumers, […]

read more

Too many Denverites face eviction alone

Amid Colorado’s growing affordable-housing crisis, there are roughly 850 evictions filed with courts every week across the state. According to one news report, there were at least 44,000 evictions filed in Colorado in 2016. Evictions can lead to unnecessary displacement, increased financial insecurity and even transitional or long-term homelessness. Being evicted is often a cause […]

read more