The ACA could improve healthcare for Colorado’s American Indians

In the late 1990s, The New York Times declared “Indian Country Finds A Capital in Denver.” The article noted Denver’s centralized location between the reservations of the Northern Plains and the Pueblos and reservations of the Southwest. The Times characterized the city as “the geographic center of Indian America” and as a modern-day crossroads for […]

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Meet an ‘economics legend’ on Oct. 9

As a longtime policy geek, there’s a soft spot in my heart for progressive analysts and economists who closely scrutinize the numbers and reveal why the stock market, GDP, unemployment figures and other trusted indicators don’t tell the full story. In fact, one of the proudest moments of my communications career was ghostwriting a “fan […]

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Quality, affordable childcare improves education and training opportunities

Editor’s note: This blog posting uses excerpts from testimony prepared by Casey O’Donnell, Research and Policy Analysis Associate at the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Casey gave the testimony during the Aug. 17 meeting of the Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission Interim Committee regarding the question of whether sufficient childcare is available to […]

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Revised caps policy will help Colorado families

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy has long been concerned about the affordability of healthcare as many middle- and low-income families experience significant hardship when faced with substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses. The increase in the number of high-deductible health insurance plans and the requirement that many health plans impose on their customers to pay […]

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Think outside the box to improve employment for Coloradans with criminal records

Individuals, families and society pay the price when people can’t enter or re-enter the workforce because of the stigma associated with a past criminal history. Maintaining meaningful employment is one of the primary predictors of whether a person leaving the criminal justice system will successfully reintegrate into society or be recycled back into the prison […]

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Retroactive testimony: A case against the ‘consumer credit bill’

Editor’s note: House Bill 1390, breezed through the Colorado Legislature shortly after it was introduced in the final days of the 2015 session. If signed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the legislation would make it more expensive for Coloradans with mediocre credit to borrow money. Because advocacy groups like the Colorado Center on Law and […]

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