Below you'll find the Policy and Legislative Advisory Network's (PLAN) highlights on what's happening in the world of policy that most impacts economic and social mobility within Adams County, Broomfield County, and the City of Aurora.

By 2025, 50% (est. n= 193,000) of individuals 18 and older in Adams and Broomfield Counties will earn a post-high school certificate or degree.

That is an increase of an estimated 45,800 people in 5 years!

This work is about reduction of poverty and improving the overall well-being of individuals and industry across the region. Credential Attainment is one measurement the community can utilize to monitor progress towards economic and social mobility. Learn more HERE.
This week in policy was provided by:
Adam Burg, Senior Advisor, Legislative and Government Affairs, Adams County Government
PLAN Chair
Kayah Swanson, Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy, RMP Backbone
With ongoing input from:
Matthew La Crue, Managing Director, Dentons
PLAN Co-Champion
Ryan McCoy, Executive Director, Front Range Community College Foundation | President, Westminster Public Schools Board of Education
PLAN Co-Champion
We've gotta say it: This information is subject to change. In addition, some updates may be sourced from organizations that have read limits or limits on how many articles you can access in a given time period.

The information below is in line with the Rocky Mountain Partnership's formal policy priorities for 2021. Learn more and check those policies out for yourself HERE.
This Week in State Policy
Legislative Session Update

Rocky Mountain Partnership is now officially in support of four new pieces of legislation.. As of Friday, April 23, the Partnership Accountability Network formally endorsed this recommendation from the Policy & Legislative Advisory Network! See each of the bills below, and click on them to learn more. See the full list of bills the Partnership supports HERE.

In addition, the Policy & Legislative Advisory Network has formally recommended support of HB21-1258 and SB21-232, two additional stances the Partnership Accountability Network are considering for formal endorsement. Stay tuned for more information.

There's a lot happening, but remember that it's all broken down in a bill tracker for you. Is there another bill you want us to track? Let us know by clicking HERE!
The Bills We're Still Watching

We're still keeping track of the many other bills we've highlighted for you this session. To see an update on where these bills are at in the process, just click on the bill number:

  • HB21-1010 Diverse K-12 Educator Workforce Report

  • HB21-1067 College Admission use of National Test Score

  • HB21-1114 School District Provision of Internet Service

  • HB21-1149 Energy Sector Career Pathway In Higher Education 

  • HB21-1200 Revise Student Financial Literacy Standards

  • HB21-1234 Supplemental Education High-impact Tutoring Programs

  • HB21-1258 Rapid Mental Health Response for Colorado Youth

  • HB21-1264 Funds Workforce Development Increase Worker Skills

  • SB21-013 Reversing COVID-related Learning Loss

  • SB21-029 Colorado American Indian Tribes In-stateTuition

  • SB21-039 Elimination of Subminimum Wage Employment

  • SB21-106 Concerning Successful High School Transitions

  • SB21-119 Increasing Access to High-Quality Credentials

  • SB21-236 Increase Capacity Early Childhood Care & Education
Statewide & National Updates
#1: Colorado Gains Congressional Seat

After gaining more than 700,000 people during the 2010s, especially along the Front Range, Colorado will acquire an additional seat in Congress. The U.S. Census Bureau’s announcement Monday was a widely expected change that will reshape the state’s congressional districts and give Coloradans a stronger voice in Washington, D.C. It also marks the first time in 20 years — since the 7th District’s creation north and west of Denver in 2001 — that Colorado will gain representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
#2: Colorado COVID Outbreaks On the Rise Again

The number of active COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado rose again this week, reaching a total last seen in late February, while coronavirus hospitalizations remained elevated. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 613 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 as of Wednesday. The 7-day average for new cases continued trending down, while the percentage of tests coming back positive remained high, indicating the state isn’t detecting some infections.
#3: Vaccines Available Without Appointment

Mass COVID vaccine sites in Denver, Pueblo and Larimer County now offer show-up, no-appointment-needed COVID-19 prevention injections. “We're really redoubling our call to all Coloradans to get vaccinated,” Governor Jared Polis said. Roughly a third of the state’s adults are now fully vaccinated, and just over half of adults have gotten a first shot.
#4: Unemployment Filings Hit a Pandemic Low

Worker filings for jobless benefits declined to 547,000 last week, a new pandemic low that adds to evidence of a strengthening labor market and overall economic recovery. Initial unemployment claims, a proxy for layoffs, fell 39,000 last week from an upwardly revised 586,000 the prior week, the Labor Department said Thursday.
Journey Event Postponed
The Journey to Economic and Social Mobility isn't always easy, and neither was the decision to postpone our first in-person event slated for Tuesday, April 27th.

After ongoing consultation with network partners, we think it's best to reschedule the event for later this year to ensure the health and safety of the network.

We look forward to seeing everyone in-person again soon.
The Tea on Rocky Mountain Partnership

The Rocky Mountain Partnership is a coalition of cross-sector stakeholders who are working together to collectively improve economic and social mobility across the Adams County, Aurora and Broomfield region by:
  • utilizing data to set shared targets and as a scorecard to measure progress towards this;
  • advocating for and aligning policies, funding, and resources to remove barriers and accelerate progress;
  • better coordinating and improving the work happening on the ground to achieve this.
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