Economy

Ag Secretary Vilsack promotes ‘climate smart’ practices in Denver visit

BY: - September 19, 2022

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Denver on Monday to promote billions in new federal funding to help farmers and ranchers reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Following the announcement of its Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program earlier this year, the Department of Agriculture received applications for more than 450 […]

COMMENTARY

How community organizing helps people thrive in challenging times

BY: and - September 15, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in The Conversation. Americans don’t agree on much these days, but many feel that the U.S. is on the wrong track and the future is bleak. In a time of unprecedented division, rising inequality and intensifying climate change, it’s easy to feel that progress is impossible. In fact, models exist all […]

Democratic lawmakers back ‘bill of rights’ for Colorado’s home care workers

BY: - September 13, 2022

The organizers of a group representing home health care workers in Colorado said Tuesday that more than 50 lawmakers and legislative candidates have signed on to support increased protections and benefits for workers in an industry that advocates say has been stretched far too thin. The Home Care Workers Bill of Rights includes higher wages […]

Colorado farming is a multibillion dollar industry — so why are so many residents going hungry?

BY: - September 12, 2022

This story originally appeared in the Pueblo Star Journal. To head east on U.S. 50 is to enter a verdant realm of lush fields and towering trees. It’s a greenbelt that meanders along the length of the lower Arkansas River from the city’s eastern edge to Rocky Ford and beyond – a Nile Valley-esque landscape […]

As rural homelessness increases, HUD aims money at helping people without access to shelters

BY: - September 12, 2022

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has opened up millions of dollars in funding for groups serving unhoused people in rural areas — an unprecedented move by the agency, say housing advocates. People living in cars, parks, and on the street at night, which the agency labels unsheltered homelessness, has increased across the nation, […]

COMMENTARY

America is in the middle of a labor mobilization moment

BY: - September 5, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in The Conversation. Labor Day 2022 comes smack bang in the middle of what is increasingly looking like a pivotal year in the history of American unions. The summer has seen a steady stream of workforce mobilizations. Employees at Trader Joe’s locations in Massachusetts and Minneapolis both voted to unionize. Meanwhile, […]

Biden to wipe out $10,000 in student loan debt for many borrowers

BY: - August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for all other borrowers with an income of less than $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a household. Biden also announced his administration is extending a pause […]

Colorado has highest pay gap for educators in the U.S.

BY: - August 23, 2022

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute called out Colorado as having the highest pay gap for teachers compared to the rest of the country.  The report says teachers are paid less than other non-teacher college graduates and that this gap is worse in Colorado than anywhere else. Colorado teachers’ weekly pay “penalty” compared […]

How Democrats’ climate bill will ‘supercharge’ Colorado’s clean-energy efforts

BY: - August 18, 2022

With a signature from President Joe Biden on Tuesday, congressional Democrats’ $369 billion package of spending to fight climate change became law — and federal officials say it won’t be long before Colorado and other states start to see the benefits. “We will see some impacts immediately,” Michael Regan, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, […]

U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

BY: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared Democrats’ long-sought climate, health care and tax package, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature. The roughly $750 billion measure is much smaller than the $2 trillion reconciliation package the House originally sent to the Senate in November. The final product left out dozens of […]

COMMENTARY

It was reckless for Polis to root for crypto

BY: - August 11, 2022

Cryptocurrencies reflect an extreme libertarian vision of anarcho-capitalism. They’re associated with various scams and Ponzi schemes. They facilitate money laundering and illicit trade. They’re favored by neo-Nazis and domestic extremists. They’re susceptible to price manipulation. They’re subject to wild volatility. And they’re a massive source of greenhouse gas emissions. But somehow none of that has […]

Over 10K new businesses register in Colorado in July with reduced filing fee

BY: - August 8, 2022

Nearly 11,000 new businesses filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office in July, the first wave that took advantage of a temporary filing fee reduction passed during the previous legislative session. There were 10,878 new businesses in the state during July and all of them paid a $1 filing fee, down from about $50. […]