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January 2, 2022


Our next CCA Advocacy Committee Meeting is on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 9:30AM - 11:00AM. On January 11, 2022 we have a SPECIAL Training program for Volunteer CCA Advocates - see below!

Training Volunteer CCA Advocates

for the 2022 Legislative Session

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 3:30PM – 5:00PM

Training Volunteer CCA Advocates for the 2022 Legislative Session via Zoom

If you're interested in being trained for advocacy for older Coloradans for this legislative session join us for this training! Training is FREE for CCA Members.


Not a member?

Please join us for $40 ($25 for Students)! NOTE: There is an expectation that trainees will serve as advocates for CCA starting in January - LEARN MORE

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Questions about CCA Advocacy Committees


Jeanette Hensley - email - 303-249-5598

Co-Chair of CCA Advocacy Committee


Rich Mauro - email - Direct: 303-480-6778

Co-Chair of CCA Advocacy Committee and Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)

Questions about joining CCA


Contact our Executive Director or a Board Member:


Andrew Davies - Executive Director - Colorado Center for Aging - email

Work: 303-832-4535 - Cell: 970-217-6761


Colorado Center for Aging Board of Directors - CLICK HERE

Interesting Articles Focused on Advocacy Issues

Colorado lawmakers still have more than $2.6 billion

in federal COVID stimulus to spend

"In the summer of 2020, Colorado lawmakers were grappling with deep cuts to the state’s budget amid uncertainty about coronavirus and how the pandemic would impact the state’s economy. Now, as they enter the 2022 legislative session, they have a very different and welcome challenge: deciding how to spend more than $2.6 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus dollars ..." - READ MORE

Source: https://coloradosun.com/

Colorado has finalized its congressional redistricting,

but don’t forget about your powerful county commission

"Congressional and state legislative redistricting may have grabbed the headlines this year, but Colorado’s powerful county commissions will also need to overhaul their districts after a decade of big population growth ..." - READ MORE

Source: https://coloradosun.com/

Colorado will start oversight of fast-growing non-bank

mortgage companies on Jan. 1

"In the years since 2008's Great Recession, lending companies that aren’t regulated by the state government, from Quicken Loans to PennyMac, have come to dominate Colorado's mortgage market. That lack of scrutiny is about to change. Starting Jan. 1, Colorado's government will finally begin oversight of mortgage providers that operated outside of Colorado banking regulations ..." - READ MORE

Source: https://www.cpr.org/

What does $308 mean to you?

Colorado TABOR refunds could total billions over the next few years

"A strong recovery in parts of the economy means that the state government will soon hit the financial limits set by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Rising wages, strong retail spending and continuing jobs growth mean more tax dollars for state government. State economists now expect that yearly revenue growth will end up totaling 10 percent in both the previous and current fiscal years. But that upgraded forecast will put the state far above the spending cap set by TABOR, so it will have to give back the extra money ..."

- READ MORE

Source: https://www.cpr.org/

Aspen suspends new home construction permits as it drops the hammer

in the name of affordability

"Aspen's city council this week stopped issuing not just short-term rental permits, but permits for all home construction as the city struggles with a critical lack of affordable housing and the increasing use of homes by vacationers ..." - READ MORE

Source: https://coloradosun.com/

“We used to never have anything like this”: In Douglas County,

signs of homelessness are on the rise

"Often, Dan Makelky, the human resources director for Douglas County, looks out his office window in Castle Rock and sees someone get released from the nearby county jail and wander down the road with nowhere to go. Central Castle Rock is outside the Regional Transportation District. Without public transportation connecting the town to other areas, some newly-released people can’t afford a taxi and don’t have anyone to call for a ride ..." - READ MORE

Source: https://coloradosun.com/

Making cents of the headlines, part 1: How do we measure inflation?

"Headlines about inflation are everywhere you look these days. And with good reason. Inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by 6.2 percent in October, well above the Federal Reserve’s long-term target of 2.0 percent ..."

- READ MORE

Source: https://cclponline.org/

Leaving these articles in from our last issue ...

Practical Guidance: What Nonprofits Need to Know About Lobbying in Colorado

"This Practical Guidance resource is designed to help your nonprofit organization determine if lobbying rules in Colorado might apply to your state or local work ..."

- READ MORE

Source: https://bolderadvocacy.org/

Public Comment on Xcel Energy's Electric Future

"Coloradans have the opportunity to change Xcel Energy's climate course. Every day the power used by Xcel customers mostly comes from expensive, polluting, and climate-wrecking coal and gas plants. But you have an opportunity to change that. Xcel submitted a draft energy plan to Colorado regulators at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and you can chime in as a Colorado customer with YOUR vision for a clean energy future in Colorado ..." - READ MORE

Source: https://actionnetwork.org/

In Colorado, lost-and-found contacts you

"For the first time, the state’s unclaimed property division is proactively seeking owners. Colorado’s statewide lost-and-found program has accumulated more than $1 billion in unclaimed money since it was created in 1987. Lately, the program’s been trying something new: It’s proactively attempting to find the owners of that money. In some cases, people are even receiving unexpected checks in the mail ..." - READ MORE

Source: https://www.cpr.org/

Open Boards and Commissions

There are over 300 boards and commissions to which the Governor makes appointments. Boards and commissions are a critically important way for Coloradans to engage in their state government, help improve their communities and create a Colorado for All.

Website: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/boards-commissions

Events Around Colorado

Holiday Markets in Colorado

All the delights of the winter season can be experienced at Colorado’s specialty markets, where Santa makes regular appearances, handcrafted gifts overshadow items bought at the mall and sweet treats abound. We have several versions of the holiday bazaar, including ones modeled after old-fashioned markets in Europe and others that offer modern twists on the tradition.

Website: https://www.colorado.com/articles/holiday-markets-colorado

November 17th through March 23, 2022

Buried In Treasures Workshop Series

Join us for a 16-week course to help improve your life and create more living space for you and your family. This group meets once per week for 2-hours and offers a supportive environment for people ready to make a change in their life. This group is for adults age 60+ living in the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties through funding support from DRCOG and Next50 Initiative. For more information or to make a referral, please contact Jordan at 866-217-5808 or email JordanL@jcmh.org by Wednesday, November 10th.

View Event Flyer - CLICK HERE

Source: https://www.jcmh.org/

Thursday, January 6, 2022 - 8:30 am - 10:00 am

2022 Legislative Caucus on Aging with SAPGA

Join the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging (SAPGA), and our caucus chairs, Senator Ginal and Representative Young, as we discuss the legislative initiatives that will impact aging policy in Colorado and are planned for the 2022 Legislative Session. Other legislators will also join us to discuss any other relevant legislation. Don’t miss this great legislative overview! - LEARN MORE

Thursday, January 6, 2022 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM

Colorado Center on Law & Policy presents... Legislative Preview 2022

Join CCLP and special guests for our annual Legislative Preview. Learn more about major upcoming legislation for Colorado’s 74th General Assembly and find out some of CCLP’s top priorities for 2022. Don't miss this exciting and informative virtual event featuring Senator Dennis Hisey, Melanie Kesner of Interfaith Alliance, and many more! This is an online event.

Register Today - CLICK HERE

Monday, January 10, 2022 - 9:30 am - 11:00 am

CCA Advocacy Committee Meeting

On Monday, January 10, 2022 we will have our first CCA Advocacy Committee meeting for 2022. Following this meeting, we will be meeting every Monday through out the Colorado legislative session. Our CCA Advocacy Committee Meeting eNewsletter with agenda is sent out the Sunday before a Monday morning meeting.

Website: https://coloradocenterforaging.org/

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 3:30PM – 5:00PM

Training Volunteer CCA Advocates for the 2022 Legislative Session

If you're interested in being trained for advocacy for older Coloradans for this legislative session join us for this training! (Free for CCA Members, $40 for non-Members to become CCA Members and join the training and the cause!) - LEARN MORE

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Second Regular Session of the Seventy-third General Assembly

The First Regular Session of the Seventy-third General Assembly adjourned on June 8, 2021. The Second Regular Session of the Seventy-third will convene on January 12, 2022.

Source: https://leg.colorado.gov/

January 18th, January 25th, and February 1st - 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Colorado Culture Change Coalition Hosts Lisa Armeo with

Montessori Intergenerational Learning Communities (MILC)

Please join the Colorado Culture Change Coalition in hosting Lisa Armeo with Montessori Intergenerational Learning Communities (MILC) as she presents a 3-part series to help bring Montessori practice to communities and agencies. This educational series will take place January 18th, January 25th, and February 1st from 9-10:30am. Montessori is an innovative approach to dementia care that can be adapted for individuals or groups.

Register Today - CLICK HERE

CCA eNewsletter Archive

The CCA eNewsletters that go out on Sunday afternoons are archived on the CCA website. You can find all past newsletters at this link - CLICK HERE

CCA Advocacy Committee Meetings in 2022

Our first CCA Advocacy Committee in 2022 will be on Monday, January 10th. After January 10th, we will be meeting every Monday from 9:30AM to 11:00AM until the legislative session ends. The January dates are: January 10th, January 18th*, January 24th and January 31st. Note that sometimes meetings are cancelled due to Federal holidays or other events.


*Each year on the third Monday of January, we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There is no CCA Advocacy Committee on Monday, January 17th to honor MLK Day. We may be meeting on Tuesday, January 18th - stay tuned!

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