Legislative Update: April 15, 2016

Bill to Watch: SB 185 No matter how you slice it, a bad idea is simply a bad idea. Last year, legislators (some say unwittingly) approved HB 1390 in the final, frantic days of the legislative session. Supported by lobbyists from the financial industry, the bill purported to help low- to mid-income Coloradans with poor […]

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Proposed tax credit provides wrong solution for the right problem

On paper, House Bill 1372 looks like a win-win proposition that gives businesses a financial incentive to hire low-income workers who face challenges in today’s job market. The bill, which was approved with bipartisan support by the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee, would create state Work Opportunity Income Tax Credits (or WOTC) […]

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A SNAP-shot of food stamp access in Colorado

Food stamps provide eligible families with a modest monthly stipend to purchase food — averaging $1.40 per person, per meal. The majority of those eligible are children, seniors, working adults, veterans and those who are disabled. The program not only provides access to the fuel needed for healthier lives but also helps create jobs, increase grocery […]

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7 ways to address wage stagnation and income inequality

Despite steady job growth, rising productivity and declining unemployment in recent years, it is clear that broadly shared prosperity has not rebounded in Colorado. According to CCLP’s State of Working Colorado 2015-16, the median hourly wage has remained virtually stagnant since the economic recovery began in 2009. In fact, wages for most Colorado workers are […]

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Legislative Update: March 21, 2016

Takeaways from budget forecasts Colorado legislators on Friday heard the quarterly revenue forecasts from economists in Governor’s Office and Legislative Council. These forecasts provide a rough guide to the current budgeting and how much revenue the state expects to receive and how much it can spend during the next fiscal year. Members of the Joint Budget Committee […]

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ID program provides critical link for Colorado’s neediest families

It’s nearly impossible to get essentials such as health care, housing, employment and public benefits without a state-issued identification card. Citizens need a picture ID when opening a bank account, cashing a check and picking up prescriptions. Unfortunately, obtaining an ID card can be nearly impossible for some of Colorado’s most vulnerable residents. The process […]

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Legislative Update: March 11, 2016

CCLP’s Halftime Report With the legislative session a little past the halfway mark, CCLP helped develop two bills that should be introduced during the next few weeks. One measure, which stems from our Responsible Re-Entry project, would improve job prospects for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans whose opportunities are limited by past mistakes. Sponsored by […]

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Legislative Update: March 4, 2016

Bill to Watch: HB 1290 Despite declining unemployment rates, many Coloradans – particularly older workers who were displaced by the economic downturn of 2008 — still struggle to find good jobs because their skills and experience have become outdated since the Great Recession shook up the job market. House Bill 1290, sponsored by Rep. Daneya […]

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AG’s opinion could help low-income Coloradans

Low-income Coloradans often pay the price for the state’s budgetary quandaries. Fortunately, there are tools available to relieve some of the budgetary pressure caused by rigid constitutional requirements. The issue is whether lawmakers are willing to use those tools. Case in point, in 2009, Colorado lawmakers created a fee on hospitals that allowed Colorado’s Medicaid […]

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Breakfast serves food for thought on women’s issues

On Feb. 23, nearly 200 women – and a handful of intrepid men – gathered at the Denver Scottish Rite Consistory for a morning of camaraderie and stimulating discussion about upcoming legislation affecting women, girls and families. Co-sponsored by CCLP, the 27th Annual Women’s Legislative Breakfast began with a Q & A with a panel […]

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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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