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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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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