Legislative Update: Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

What’s happening on the hill? Legislation that will let Coloradans who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) get child-support payments is among many bills championed by CCLP this legislative session. At our Jan. 9 Legislative Breakfast, CCLP staff also discussed affordable housing, letting local jurisdictions in Colorado raise their minimum wage and forming a commission to explore the socio-economic issues […]

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Our health care priorities for 2015

While it’s not yet clear how much health care legislation to expect from the Colorado General Assembly in 2015, there’s a flurry of policy activity around the dome — along with ongoing projects that could inform Colorado’s health care agenda for years to come. For 2015, the Colorado Center on Law & Policy will focus […]

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Our legislative priorities for 2015

With the new year upon us and the Colorado General Assembly underway, it’s only natural that policy-minded Coloradans are thinking about what 2015 holds. And while much has been said about the “political power shift,” at the Capitol, the effectiveness of any legislative session will be judged by putting good policy over partisan politics. As […]

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What management games don’t show about low-wage labor

Online management games like Diner Dash, FarmVille, Big Farm, Hotel Story, Burger Shop 2 and Coffee Shop, offer quick bursts of mindless, addictive escapism for people with computers and tablets. Players get to dabble in managing a virtual business and try their hand at meeting a bottom line. Ironically, mid- to high-wage workers who play […]

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Ban the Box and CoR/GC: Promoting economic security and self-sufficiency among ex-offenders

When “tough on crime” sentencing laws took hold in the 1980s, no one predicted the severe toll it would take on individuals, families, and communities throughout the decades to come. Our nation’s success in generating the highest incarceration rate in the world has long passed the tipping point of marginal return, according to scholars. This […]

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Child Support Pass Through Proposal

None of us want to see Colorado children living in poverty. And to the degree possible, we want Colorado children to have healthy emotional ties to both parents. Ideally, the relationship between a child’s parents is positive, healthy and working in support of their child. Colorado’s child support policy for families receiving benefits through Colorado […]

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Appeals court decisions create uncertainty about subsidies in ACA

Yesterday, federal appeals courts issued conflicting decisions concerning whether consumers who purchase health insurance through exchanges set up by the federal government are eligible for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.  Thirty-six states have exchanges set up by the federal government, while the remainder exercised the option of setting up their own state-run health insurance […]

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The ACA is a Game Changer for Criminal Justice Populations

Criminal justice populations have substantially higher rates of medical, mental health and addiction problems compared to the general population. For example, prevalence of Hepatitis C is nine to 10 times higher in the inmate population compared to the general population; prevalence of active tuberculosis is four times higher; HIV infection is eight to nine times […]

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Some Invisible Challenges of Poverty

Sure. We know poverty can result in homelessness or ill health, or poor school achievement.  Hunger and poor nutrition can also result from poverty.  But in a thousand invisible ways, living below the poverty line takes its toll. For example: Tolerating toothaches. Of those earning less than $12,000 per year, only 43 percent saw a […]

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Shanesha’s Choice: The struggle to escape poverty

Shanesha’s Choice is the title of an article in the Business Section of the Sunday New York Times.  It sums up the trap low-income women are in that keeps them from escaping poverty. Shanesha is a 35-year-old single mother who lives in Arizona.  She once earned enough to support herself and her children.  And she had […]

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Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: Religious beliefs of corporations trump women’s access to contraception

  Today the U.S. Supreme Court decided that closely held for-profit corporations can be exempted from certain governmental requirements because of the religious beliefs of the company’s shareholders. The decision focuses on women’s access to contraception under employer sponsored health plans, but has broad implications for the ability of a corporation to seek exemptions on […]

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Governor signs adult education, ID bills that advance economic security

Governor John Hickenlooper signed two bills Thursday that will help advance economic security for low-income Coloradans, including a bill that makes a historic investment in adult basic education. With about a dozen members of the Colorado Skills2Compete Coalition surrounding him in his Capitol office, Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill, HB-1085, that will provide state funding for […]

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Governor signs bill that improves access to photo IDs

Governor John Hickenlooper recently signed a bill that will ease the process of getting a state-issued photo ID for Colorado seniors. As a member of the Colorado Collaborative ID Project, CCLP led the lobbying effort to pass SB-87. The bill, which originated out of Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force, will: require the Department of […]

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