Statement on executive orders

Colorado Center on Law and Policy’s mission is advancing the health, well-being and economic security of low-income Coloradans through research, education, advocacy and litigation. Our work rests on the fundamental assumption that the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government adhere to norms that foster a civil society and the rule of law, and that […]

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Legislative & Policy Preview 2017: Health Care Program

During this year’s legislative session, CCLP’s Health Program will work to ensure that coverage expansions — particularly the Medicaid expansion — are protected. In addition, we will participate in efforts to increase pricing transparency and reduce costs in the private insurance market. We’ll also work to improve the information Medicaid recipients receive about important decisions […]

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Legislative & Policy Preview 2017: Family Economic Security

During this year’s legislative session, CCLP’s Family Economic Security program will focus on expanding job opportunities and training for all Coloradans, renewing the Colorado Child Tax Credit for low-income workers, encouraging the development of more affordable housing units throughout the state and extending the notification period so that tenants without leases have enough time to […]

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Daring to imagine a poverty-free Colorado

Imagine if every Coloradan, regardless of race, ethnicity or where they live, had the resources to afford housing, food, clothing, health care and other essentials — while building financial security for the future. Imagine if quality, affordable health care were available throughout the state, so all Coloradans could receive the care they need and didn’t […]

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Proposed changes to Medicaid would hurt Coloradans

Incoming White House and congressional leaders are reportedly planning to make deep cuts in federal funding for the Medicaid program which provides health care coverage for individuals and families with limited resources. The first round of cuts would likely involve the repeal of federal funding for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, which expanded […]

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Call to Action: Protect Our Coverage

In just two weeks, Congress will discuss cutting billions of dollars from Medicaid funding and programs that make health care coverage more affordable for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. Now is the time to tell Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and our Congressional delegation that lives are at stake. Let our representatives know that no action […]

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Statement on the 2016 election results

Claire Levy, Executive Director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, issued the following statement about the 2016 election results: The 2016 election generated both good news and bad news for the low-income families who the Colorado Center on Law and Policy serves. First, the good news: We are delighted and thankful that Colorado […]

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Raising the wage: Good for business and Colorado

In 2006, opponents warned that jobs would be lost and the state’s economy would suffer if voters approved a ballot initiative to raise Colorado’s minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.85. But the sky did not fall. In fact, in the two years after Coloradans approved the measure, the economy generated more than 3,000 new small […]

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Raise the wage for rural Colorado

Statistics show that low-wage workers in rural Colorado need a raise. Underscoring that point is the fact that household income is lower and poverty rates are higher in rural counties of Colorado compared to urban areas. Meanwhile, the economic gap between urban and rural areas of the state continued to widen since the Great Recession […]

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Coloradans must stand up for mental health parity

Despite recent efforts to address behavioral health issues, the incidence of poor mental health and substance abuse disorder is unacceptably high in Colorado. Untreated, behavioral health problems impact physical health, school performance, jobs and incarceration rates. Nationally, mental illness affects roughly 20 percent of the population, and substance use disorder affects about 10 percent, but […]

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Private occupational schools raise public concerns

Last month, the U.S Department of Education issued what would ultimately be a death sentence for ITT, a large for-profit technical school. The department forbade ITT from enrolling new students who depend on federal financial aid — the main source of ITT’s revenue. This restriction was issued in reponse to concerns about ITT’s recruitment and […]

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Amendment 71 ‘raises the bar’ too high

Policymakers and political observers have long complained that Colorado’s constitution is full of arcane and seemingly random amendments – a few of which have caused some serious fiscal problems for the state. The most vexing amendment of the sprawling document is the so-called Taxpayers Bill of Rights (or TABOR), which has forced perennial spending cuts […]

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