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
Rocky Mountain Partnership is now officially in support of eight pieces of legislation moving through the statehouse! As of Friday, April 23, the Partnership Accountability Network formally endorsed adding two additional bills to the list, a recommendation that came from the Policy & Legislative Advisory Network. The two new bills are below, and you can click on them to learn more.

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!
Statewide & National Updates
#1: Have We Reached Vaccine Tipping Point to Stop COVID?

Nearly 100 million Americans are fully vaccinated and new coronavirus cases are at their lowest level since last October. Could the vaccination campaign finally be winning the race against the coronavirus in the United States? While some researchers says it's still too soon to know for sure, a growing number of epidemiologists, infectious disease researchers and public health experts think the country might have reached — or be about to reach — that crucial inflection point. "We've really turned a corner on this latest wave," says Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. "And I think that the worst days of the pandemic really are now behind us."
#2: New CDC Mask Guidance for Vaccinated People

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued new guidance on outdoor mask use for fully vaccinated Americans. Fully vaccinated people can now unmask at small outdoor gatherings, or when dining outside with friends from multiple households. The CDC is telling unvaccinated people that they still need to wear a mask at such gatherings. "If you are fully vaccinated and want to attend a small outdoor gathering with people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated, or dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households, the science shows if you are vaccinated, you can do so safely unmasked."
#3: Colorado Transportation Bill

The latest draft of a seismic and sprawling transportation bill forewarns fees on deliveries and shared rides, a per-gallon road use fee and inflation-driven increases. The 190-page piece of legislation is the road map to how Coloradans will pay for transportation in the future, specifically electrified vehicles and charging stations, mass transit and spreading the cost between electric and combustion vehicles.
#4: Budget Heads to Gov. Polis

Both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly approved the $34.1 billion Long Appropriations Bill on Friday, but only after a conflict over a change made to one of the amendments — on body-worn cameras for law enforcement — during their debates. The bill is now ready for action from the governor after the JBC wrapped up its work on Thursday and presented their final report to the General Assembly.
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.
Rocky Mountain Partnership | rmpartnership.org