Raising the Wage is fair and smart

Nearly 480,000 hardworking Coloradans would get a much-needed boost in earnings if Colorado voters approve a November ballot measure that raises the state’s minimum wage to $12 by 2020. Along with strengthening the financial security of many Colorado families, the measure would also spur economic growth and increase consumer spending. As a coalition partner in […]

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Mapping Colorado’s human-services landscape

Human-service programs ensure that Colorado communities have the building blocks for a prosperous future, such as food, health care, child care and financial assistance. But not all Coloradans who qualify for these essential programs get the assistance they need. Funded by various combinations of state revenue and federal dollars, Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, […]

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Mayor Attacks Poverty

Economic forces have made it increasingly difficult for many families to reside in Colorado’s largest city, so CCLP is encouraged that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock detailed policies that could forge pathways from poverty in his recent State of the City address. Hancock’s speech in front of hundreds of people on Monday focused on affordable housing, homelessness […]

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Tool measures income needs of older Coloradans

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy largely focuses its advocacy efforts on adults in their working years. But because of the increasingly important and varied roles older adults play in families, and the importance of saving money with retirement in mind, it is critical to include the challenges facing older Coloradans under the economic-security […]

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Case could implicate ‘Obamacare’

Earlier this month, a D.C. federal district court judge ruled that the Obama administration improperly funded an Affordable Care Act (ACA) program that reduces out-of-pocket health insurance costs for low- to moderate-income people. The lawsuit, House of Representatives vs. Burwell, was filed in November 2014 by the House of Representatives, which is the plaintiff in […]

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Legislative Wrap-Up 2016: Health Care

This year, CCLP’s Health Program supported establishing an enterprise for the state’s hospital provider fee to preserve funding for health care and other programs. We also worked to expand access to Medicaid and to protect the sustainability of Colorado’s health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Finally, we worked on several bills intended to address […]

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Short-term rentals: A problem that demands notice

The most effective way to fight homelessness is to stop it before it occurs. With that axiom in mind, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy worked with Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, to develop legislation that would increase protections for tenants in “month-to-month” rental arrangements. House Bill 1461 would extend the “notice-to-quit” period to terminate […]

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More Coloradans to get Medicaid

An estimated 5,000 Coloradans who lacked health coverage options will now qualify for Medicaid under recent guidance the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued on Thursday.  The guidance clarifies that those who reside in community corrections facilities while on probation or parole are not considered inmates of a public institution and therefore […]

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Legislative Update: April 29, 2016

Activity at the State Capitol is accelerating at a rapid pace with the Legislative Session set to adjourn on May 11. Here’s a quick rundown of CCLP’s legislative priorities and their status: * House Bill 1050  was killed by the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on a 3-2 vote on Wednesday. The measure, […]

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