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by the economic downturn of 2008 — still struggle to find good jobs because their skills and experience have become outdated since the Great Recession shook up the job market.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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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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