Adult education: The cornerstone of workforce development

There is nothing like a healthy economy to provide opportunities for those who might otherwise be overlooked in the job market. Yet, despite Colorado’s economic gains in recent years, employment and upward mobility remain challenging for those who don’t complete high school. The 394,471 Coloradans (or 9.4 percent of the state’s population) without high school […]

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Ballot measure would help Colorado women

Raising Colorado’s minimum wage to $12 by 2020 would lift many of the state’s working women and their children out of poverty. That’s according to a new study published by the Women’s Foundation of Colorado on Tuesday. Both the full report and an executive summary are available online. With Colorado voters set to weigh in […]

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Sen. Pat Steadman: A Champion of Economic Justice

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy is proud to bestow this year’s Champions of Economic Justice Awards on two people who have devoted their lives to helping low-income individuals and families: David Butler, Esq. and Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. Both of these accomplished individuals will be honored at CCLP’s 3rd Annual Pathways from Poverty […]

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David Butler: A Champion of Economic Justice

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy is proud to bestow this year’s Champion of Economic Justice Award on two people who have devoted their lives to helping low-income individuals and families: David Butler, Esq. and Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. Both of these accomplished individuals will be honored at CCLP’s 3rd Annual Pathways from Poverty […]

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The truth about raising the wage

Claims from a study about the negative effects of raising the minimum wage are dubious if not outright misleading, according to a recent brief issued by Chris Stiffler, an economist with the Colorado Fiscal Institute with help from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Commissioned by the Common Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR), a conservative think tank […]

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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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Could the U.B.I. ‘raise the floor’ for everyone?

The idea of a “guaranteed income” that would provide all citizens with enough money to meet their basic needs has garnered attention throughout the world and even within the United States recently. While the concept may sound new or radical, it’s worth noting that President Richard Nixon proposed a similar plan in 1969, known as […]

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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: Family Economic Security

This year, CCLP’s Family Economic Security team is focused on removing barriers to employment because the most direct pathway out of poverty is a job. To that point, we spearheaded and shepherded legislation to help Coloradans to obtain documents needed to be issued a state ID. We developed and supported legislation that would bar employers […]

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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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