2013 Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force


    Report to Legislative Council                      Final Report                


Committee Members

Senators Representatives
   John Kefalas, Chair   Rhonda Fields, Vice-chair
  David Balmer   Thomas Exum
  Evie Hudak    Janak Joshi 
   Vicki Marble   Brittany Pettersen
   Jessie Ulibarri   Lori Saine

 Staff Contacts:

Larson Silbaugh

Rachel Kurtz-Phelan

Keshia Duncan

(303) 866-3521

To contact committee staff, please email: povertyred@state.co.us


2013 Committee Schedule
Meeting Information


 July 9 Agenda Summary 12:00 p.m. HCR 0112
 July 29 Agenda Summary 12:00 p.m. SCR 356
August 21 Agenda Summary 12:00 p.m. SCR 356
September 4     10:00 a.m. Tour of Warren Village
September 4 Agenda Summary 12:30 p.m. SCR 356
September 18 Agenda Summary 12:00 p.m. SCR 356
October 8
Agenda Summary 12:00 p.m. SCR 356
October 16 Agenda Summary 10:00 a.m. SCR 356


2013 Working Groups Schedule
Meeting Information


Date Time Location

Early Childhood Development and Education

July 23 1:00 p.m. SCR 352
  August 21 9:00 a.m. SCR 356
  August 29 1:30 p.m. SCR 356
  September 12  2:00 p.m. SCR 356
  October 2 2:00 p.m. SCR 352
Effective Use of Public/Private Resources July 29 10:30 a.m. SCR 352
   August 21 10:00 a.m. SCR 352
   September 18 10:30 a.m. SCR 356
Housing Continuum July 25 8:30 a.m. SCR 352
  August 20 9:00 a.m. SCR 356
   September 3 9:00 a.m. SCR 356
  September 17 9:00 a.m. SCR 356
Workforce Development and Readiness  July 25 1:00 p.m.  Colorado Center on Law and Poverty, 789 Sherman Street, Aspen Room
  August 20 2:30 p.m. SCR 356
  September 3 2:30 p.m. SCR 356
  September 17 2:30 p.m. SCR 352


Committee Materials
Statement of Principles
Reports, Issue Briefs, and Memoranda
Date Title/Subject
July 9 State of Working Colorado 2013, Presentation by Tracey Stewart, Colorado Center on Law and Policy
July 9 Working Groups Topics, Discussed at July 9 Meeting
July 29 The Cliff Effect Documentary - Presentation by Cindy Willard, Women's Foundation of Colorado
July 29 State of Working Colorado 2013 - Presentation by Andrew Ball, Colorado Center on Law and Policy
July 29 The Silver Tsunami - Presentation by Cindy DeGroen, Colorado State Demographer's Office
July 29 Status of Women and Girls in Colorado, Presentation by Cindy Willard, Women's Foundation of Colorado
August 21 Steps to Implement an Economic Well-Being Index, Presentation by Larson Silbaugh, Legislative Council Staff
September 4 Measuring Economic Well-Being, Julie Kerksick, Colorado Department of Human Services
September 4 PTC Rebate Audit Findings, Trey Standley, Office of the State Auditor


Working Group Presentations 

Early Childhood Development and Education

Cliff Effect Legislation Examples, Presented by: Robyn Lipkowitz, Program Director, Children and Families Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
NCSL Children and Families Program, Presented by: Robyn Lipkowitz, Program Director, National Conference of State Legislatures
Effective Use of Public/Private Resources
DRCOG Preparing For An Aging Population, Presented by: Richard Mauro
DRCOG Programs Funded to Serve Older Adults in 2013/2015, Presented by: Richard Mauro
Housing Continuum
Housing Continuum, Presented by: Margaret Miller, Economic Analyst and Steve Johnson, Director of Community Development, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Housing Continuum, Presented by: David Emerson, Executive Director of St. Vrain Habitat for Humanity and Stefka Fanchi, Executive Director, Habitat Humanity for Humanity Colorado
Habitat for Humanity Service Areas by Affiliate Map
Housing Continuum, Presented by: Pat Coyle 
Denver Metro Cost Burdened Households Data, Presented by: Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Workforce Development and Readiness
Measuring Opportunities for Working Families, Presented by: Frank Waterous, Education Policy and Research, The Bell Policy Center
Preparing for the Future: Closing Colorado's Middle-Skills Gap, Presented by: SkillBuild Colorado, Skills2Compete - Colorado Campaign
El Paso County Goodwill and Employment First Program, Presented by: Robert Andrews
Boulder County Circles Campaign and Opportunities to Compete, Presented by: Janet Hiemer
Serving Our Communities Strengthening Colorado, Presented by: Scott Stump, Assistant Provost for Career and Technical Education, Colorado Community College System


Proposed Legislation
Bill Designation
Short Title
Former Bill Designation
Bill A Property Tax Rent Heat Fuel Grants For Low-income  Bill 1
Bill B Identification Card Issuance Standards  Bill 3
Bill C Aid To The Needy Disabled Program Bill 4
Bill D Adult Education and Literacy Programs  Bill 5
Bill E Community Development Financial Institutions  Bill 8
Bill F Income Tax Credit For Child Care Expenses  Bill 10
Bill G Colorado Child Care Assistance Program  Bill 11


Bills Not Recommended To Legislative Council
Bill Designation
Short Title
Bill 2 Extend Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Committee
Bill 6 Relates To Review Of The Rules By Executive Branch Agencies
Bill 7 Colorado Housing Investment Fund 2
Bill 9 Manufactured Home Communities