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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Legislative Wrap-up: Economic-security issues

When the 2015 Legislative Session convened in January, we didn’t exactly go out on a limb by predicting that any legislation without bipartisan support would not go far in a divided General Assembly. Needless to say, the many bills that passed through one chamber on party-line votes met a quick death when they entered the […]

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Legislative Wrap-up: What happened in health care

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, it didn’t look like there was great deal of health care legislation in the hopper, but there were plenty of important legal advocacy issues (and implementation of policies from previous years) to keep CCLP’s Health Program working overtime. But as the legislative session unfolded, it became apparent […]

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The Faces of Colorado’s EITC: Peter Staley’s story

Author’s note: This is the first of two stories that were collected at Mi Casa Resource Center’s free tax-preparation sessions. Peter Staley is a full-time student, a single dad and one of Colorado’s 350,000 recipients of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Before returning to school, Peter worked in construction. Once his son came […]

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Colorado changes course: Kids’ income and MAGI

Beginning in 2014, all states began using Modified Adjusted Gross Income (or MAGI), a new uniform methodology for determining income eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). MAGI is also the basis for determining premium tax credits (PTC) available through a state’s healthcare exchange. While the move to uniformity and the way […]

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The 2015 Colorado General Assembly: CCLP’s Halftime Report

With the 2015 Colorado General Assembly just past the halfway point, a number of bills followed by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy are moving through the legislature. Meanwhile, many bills we followed have already died in committee and some late-breaking legislation is still waiting to be introduced. As with every session, CCLP focuses […]

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Legislative Update: March 10, 2014

The ‘bottom line’ on pay cards More employers nationwide are using pay cards to compensate employees who don’t have bank accounts. But while the method is convenient for businesses, the fees associated with redeeming these cards could have negative financial repercussions for the low-income workers who could use them. Senate Bill 101, approved by the […]

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