Legislative Update: Feb. 26, 2016

Bill to Watch: HB 1045 Young children can give their parents much joy and love, but they are also expensive. Between the cost of food, clothing, shelter and childcare, kids put a serious crimp in finances wherever you are on the socio-economic spectrum. According to CCLP’s Self-Sufficiency Standard for 2015, an adult and preschooler in […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 19, 2016

Support drug-cost transparency High prescription drug prices are indisputably one of the drivers of health care costs — raising health insurance premiums and contributing to increasing out-of-pocket costs for consumers. While the pharmaceutical industry points to the cost of research and development in setting their prices, studies show other factors come to play. As far […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 12, 2016

Imagine a living minimum wage No matter where you live in Colorado, the minimum wage would not pay enough to support a family.  According to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy’s Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2015, an adult with an infant and a preschooler in Morgan County would need to make $20.02 an hour […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 4, 2016

Hope for affordable housing The dearth of affordable housing continues to vex low- to middle-class households in Colorado. According to one recent news report, hundreds of people lined up for the chance to apply for a new affordable-housing development in Denver ‑- only to be turned away because the crowd grew too large. Recent statistics […]

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Legislative Update: Jan. 29, 2016

Bill to Watch: SB 22 Far too many Colorado families experience the “cliff effect” — the point at which recipients see a sudden loss of public benefits (or work supports) upon reaching a certain income threshold. Senate Bill 22 would expand a pilot program to mitigate the cliff effect in childcare subsidies. Currently, the program […]

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Scorecard reveals challenges for Colorado families

Seven years since the official end of the Great Recession, many economists agree that America’s agonizingly slow financial recovery is finally complete. But even though the national unemployment rate has remained steady in recent months, it’s clear to many families that the widespread economic prosperity of the past is just that—a thing of the past. […]

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Legislative Update: Jan. 22, 2016

Legislation could help low-income parents get ahead Studies consistently show that a lack of affordable childcare limits parents’ educational goals and hampers their efforts to move out of poverty when their children would benefit the most. One quandary that low-income parents frequently encounter is that they can’t improve their skills to support their families without […]

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Affordable childcare helps parents sharpen skills to support their families

Studies consistently show that a lack of affordable childcare limits parents’ educational goals and compromises their efforts to move out of poverty. Approximately 52 percent of single mothers in Colorado without high school diplomas live in poverty. Yet, the poverty rate falls to 18 percent for single mothers with a bachelor’s degree. Colorado provides some […]

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Legislative Update: Jan. 15, 2016

This year, CCLP will back many bills with bipartisan appeal that could make a significant difference in the lives of low-income Coloradans. We’re also expecting to play “defense” against legislation that could potentially hurt Colorado’s neediest families. Yesterday, CCLP staff shared our priorities for 2016 both inside and outside the Capitol dome during our annual […]

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Legislative and Policy Preview 2016: Health Care

In 2016, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy will work to ensure that Medicaid expansions are protected and that program is available to all eligible applicants and participants. CCLP will protect the interests of low-income Coloradans as Colorado moves forward with payment and delivery system reform. We will also work to ensure that benefits […]

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Grant to forge pathways from homelessness

Many Coloradans become homeless after losing a job because it’s nearly impossible to pay rent without sufficient income and savings. To further complicate matters, it’s much more difficult to search for employment without stable housing. In metro Denver, over 30 percent of those experiencing homelessness have worked in the past month. But in today’s economy, […]

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