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March 23, 2011

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Colorado added few jobs in past decade even as labor force grew

Jobs and economic security
The Denver Post: Study: Colorado added few jobs in last decade even as labor force grew
Colorado's Western Slope and central-northern mountains created a net 12,200 jobs during the past decade while the rest of the state stagnated, a new study finds. The Front Range lost 5,000 jobs during the decade.

Health care
The Denver Post: Denver Health wins international award for efficiency
For more than five years, Denver Health staff - from the CEO to cleaning crews - have been cutting waste, streamlining and finding ways to improve patient care and efficiency.

Public News Service: Supporters: Health Care Reform Solves "Dysfunctional" System
We have the law - now let's implement it. That's the message today as a bipartisan group of consumers, business leaders and advocates descend on the Colorado State Capitol for a "Health Care Day of Action," one year after the Affordable Care Act became federal law.

Colorado Public News: The fine print: What health care reform means to you
Nearly 50 provisions of the national health care reform law have taken effect. Here is a look at the top provisions impacting consumers.

Fiscal policy
Denver Post editorial: Use state's revenue bump to cushion education cuts
Finally, a little good news when it comes to the state budget: Next year's expected shortfall may be only half of the expected $1.1 billion.
Also: KCFR-radio: Governor Cautious About New Budget Numbers

Education News Colorado: Tuesday Churn: Tax plans
The Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute has decided not to go ahead with a ballot proposal to create a graduated state income tax, concluding the support isn't there to pass a measure next November. Including comment from Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute Director Carol Hedges.

Associated Press via Colorado Springs Business Journal: Lawmakers defeat movie donation bill
Lawmakers rejected an idea to let Colorado moviegoers have the option to donate a dime at theaters to attract filmmakers by boosting a state incentive fund. A Senate committee voted unanimously to indefinitely postpone House Bill 1207 yesterday.
Also: Aurora Sentinel editorial: Lawmakers should reshoot movie bill's sad ending

Fort Collins Coloradoan: Larimer County to poll residents on tax issue
Larimer County officials are preparing to take a measure of the public's appetite for the possibility of extending a pair of sales taxes to fund operations at the county jail.

Family economic security
Glenwood Springs Post-Independent editorial: Meals on Wheels driving local fight against hunger
Today is Mayors for Meals Day, so named by the Meals on Wheels Association of America. Mayors from Parachute, Rifle, Silt and New Castle already did their volunteer duty, delivering hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors and disabled people on March 9.
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