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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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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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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