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Colorado news roundup
The weekday Colorado news roundup is a collection of links to news reports and other resources of interest to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Listing does not imply endorsement of the content.

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Other news summaries

Grasscatcher, from the National Conference of State Legislatures

Today's Health News, from The Colorado Trust

Colorado daily news roundup, from Stateline

Daily Health Policy Report, from Kaiser Health News

Broken computer system has
put Colorado in a fix

Family economic security
Denver Post commentary: Broken computer system has put Colorado in a fix
Immediately after Colorado's massive benefits-management computer system went online Sept. 1, 2004, the problems were apparent. It rejected eligible clients. It was slow to authorize payments. Hungry people were not able to get food stamps.
Also: Denver Post editorial: The right fix for benefits system?

Pueblo Chieftain editorial: Butt out
The state would meddle in employers' hiring practices under an ill-advised bill that would forbid conducting credit checks of job applicants.
Also: Durango Herald editorial: Job applicants and credit checks; unfair to base hiring decisions on financial information

Fort Collins Coloradoan editorial: Forum on aging asks important questions
Silver Tsunami series explores infrastructure, services, culture.


Jobs and economic security
Denver Business Journal: Worker-training bill advances in House
A bill to increase funding to retrain unemployed workers for high-demand professions cleared its first hurdle in the Colorado Legislature on Thursday, with some bipartisan backing. Editor's note: The piece mentions support for the bill from the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, a project of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy.


The national scene
USA Today: More than 1.4 million families live on $2 a day per person
The number of families living on $2 or less per person per day for at least a month in the USA has more than doubled in 15 years to 1.46 million.


Think tanks
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: New CBO Report Finds Up to Two Million People Still Owe Their Jobs to the Recovery Act
A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report estimates that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) increased the number of people employed by between 300,000 and 2 million jobs in December. In other words, between 300,000 and 2 million people employed in December owed their jobs to the Recovery Act. This estimate, by Congress' non-partisan economic and budget analysts, is more comprehensive than the 200,000 jobs that ARRA recipients reported in January, CBO explains.