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CU chancellor: Colorado needs more funding for college diversity

Every winter under the gold dome of the Colorado Capitol, the state legislature comes together to literally write Colorado’s history.  In 2014, with little fanfare, they established a scholarship to help low- and middle-income students — disproportionately students of color, first-generation and underrepresented. Since then, tens of thousands of Coloradans who may not otherwise have […]

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Colorado’s inequality is growing — but still under the national average

By Mike Schneider, Associated Press The gap between the haves and have-nots in the United States grew last year to its highest level in more than 50 years of tracking income inequality, according to Census Bureau figures. Income inequality in the United States expanded from 2017 to 2018, with several heartland states among the leaders […]

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Colorado’s minimum wage rules don’t apply to farm, construction and other jobs. But that might be changing.

There’s a whole class of low-wage workers left out of the protections offered by the state law that also raises the minimum wage each January. For this group of employees, there’s no overtime pay, no meal breaks. They may even have to pay for work uniforms, tires and other business expenses. That’s because the Colorado […]

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For many business groups, Colorado’s 2019 legislative session has been “very difficult” to navigate

When he heard about legislation to create a state-run paid family and medical leave plan for workers in Colorado, Scott Bright took out his calculator. “I ran the numbers and, really, the cost of it was not as large of a red flag as the effect it would have on my employees, business and clients,” […]

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Opinion: Colorado babies cry out for policy changes

Too many young children show up to kindergarten without the skills they need to continue learning. While Colorado has made tremendous investments in early childhood through programs like the Colorado Preschool Program, which helps prepare young children for success in school, the science is clear — we need to start even earlier. In fact, decades […]