Proposed bills address concerns of low-income Coloradans

The Colorado Constitution limits the Colorado legislature to meeting only 120 days per year. Fortunately, lawmakers can still flag issues of great concern and create interim committees. These groups can spend more time between legislative sessions studying problems and proposing solutions. After each committee proposes and selects proposed bills, they are sent to Legislative Council […]

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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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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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Assessing aging as an asset

Many of us are aware that a growing body of evidence shows that without significant reforms, services cannot support the greying of our state. But, it is important to introduce another perspective into the conversation about aging: Older adults are an increasingly valuable part of our society. During her keynote speech at the 26th annual […]

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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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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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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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