Pandemic Arrives On These Shores and Wipes Out 1/2 Million People on Earth . Not Finished America Is # 1 in the World in Sickness and Elevated Risks as of July 4. Numbers Are Staggering. Misguided People have Sought to Arouse Fear and Suspicion that this Is Merely Political and that the Reports are False. Unfortunately People Are Being Impacted Routinely With Life Threatening Secondary Complications. Life Will Never Return to What Happend Only A Year Since. Born on the Fourth of July Rage and mysogny Prevail Over Common Sense

January 6   in China   the advent of the Pandemic occurred earlier in 2019

Pandemic Arrives On These Shores and Wipes Out 1/2 Million People on Earth . Not Finished America Is # 1 in the World in Sickness and Elevated Risks as of July 4. Numbers Are Staggering. Misguided People have Sought to Arouse Fear and Suspicion that this Is Merely Political and that the Reports are False. Unfortunately People Are Being Impacted Routinely With Life Threatening Secondary Complications. Life Will Never Return to What Happend Only A Year Since. Born on the Fourth of July Rage and mysogny Prevail Over Common Sense

Victor Moriyama for The New York Times
7. It first appeared in The Times on Jan. 6 as a “mysterious, pneumonialike illness” that had sickened a few dozen people in Wuhan, China.
Days later, Chinese researchers identified the source as a coronavirus. Two weeks later, the virus was on the front page of The Times as China scrambled to contain the contagion.
Then, time seemed to accelerate. Once-in-a-generation events began erupting one after the next.
Professional sports leagues around the world suspended seasons. Stocks plunged and a bear market emerged after 11 years in bull territory. The World Health Organization declared the virus a global pandemic. President Trump cut off travel from Europe.
And that was just March 11.
More than 10.9 million people have been sickened worldwide and more than half a million have died. Above, gravediggers in São Paulo, Brazil. In the U.S., the country hit hardest by the virus, a surge in new cases shows that the outbreak is spiraling out of control. And from what we can tell, the virus will most likely be with us for some time. — Jonathan Wolfe, Briefings writer
The New York Times
8. A pandemic does strange things to the economy.
The sharp, sudden drop in activity has produced one of the deepest recessions in history, and also perhaps the shortest. Indeed, it may already be over: The upswing in May and June, measured against the depths of March and April, make a range of economic indicators look as if they are soaring.
But compared with a year earlier, those same numbers reveal an economy that remains deep in a hole, with millions of jobs destroyed and billions in sales lost. The damage done will take a long time to repair, and reopenings that have been paused or rolled back may make things worse. — Jason Karaian, DealBook editor

CSLC Bill Positions July 2020

 

CSLC Bill Positions

June 19, 2020

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 20-009   Senators Rachel Zenzinger & Bob Rankin and Rep Barbara McLachlan

EXPAND ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM

Expands one of the two existing state Adult Education Grant Programs, established in 2014, to include not only the current partnerships with post-secondary institutions and job training and placement programs, but also partnerships with K-12 schools, since many of these students are caregivers to students and working to improve their basic literacy and numeracy skills themselves. 

Fiscal Note: None as Amended. On Governor’s desk.

 

Senate Bill 20-029 Senators Rhonda Fields and Dominick Moreno and Representative James Coleman and Monica Duran

COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR COLORADO WORK PROGRAM

As amended, would give a one time supplemental payment of $500 of those currently on TANF

Fiscal note: Approximately $8.4 million from TANF State Reserve (federal dollars); capped at no more than $10 million

On Governor’s desk.

 

Senate Bill 20-100 Senators Julie Gonzales and Jack Tate and Representative Jennie Arndt and Adrienne Benavidez

REPEAL THE DEATH PENALTY

Repeals the Colorado Death Penalty

Fiscal Note: None.  Passed legislature, signed into law

 

Senate Bill 20-217 Senators LeRoy Garcia and Rhonda Fields and Representative Herod and Gonzales-Gutierrez

ENHANCE LAW ENFORCEMENT INTEGRITY

This bill promotes law enforcement accountability and transparency by mandating use  of body cameras to record interactions with the public; departments must track and record data on use of force, stops and searches and forcible entry into homes; names allowable conditions for use of deadly force, requires decertification of officers convicted of violent crimes, capping qualified immunity, and maintaining a state database of officers terminated for cause , or found to be untruthful.

Fiscal note: $703,360 in 2020-2021, $2.6 million in 2021-2022. $2.8 million in 2022-23

 

House Bill 20-1009 Representative Dominique Jackson and Senator Faith Winter 

SUPPRESSING COURT RECORDS OF EVICTION PROCEEDINGS

Suppresses from public view courts records of proceedings which do not actual result in eviction. Also suppresses records of eviction if both parties agree to suppress record.

Fiscal note:    None   

Passed legislature, signed into law

 

House Bill 20-1203   Representatives Emily Sirota and Matt Grey and Senator Julie Gonzales

HELPING FAMILIES GET AHEAD ACT

Doubles the state Earned Income Tax Credit and begins to actually pay the Colorado Child Tax Credit.

Pays for it by decoupling from new federal tax law allowing a 20% deduction on income for pass-through corporations.

Fiscal note: $155 million cost paid for by closing state income tax loophole for pass through corporations of about the same amount). 

 

This bill was killed and replaced by HB20-1420. It increases the State EITC from 10%- 15% beginning Tax Year2022 and extends eligibility for those without a work-authorized Social Security Number beginning in Tax Year 2021. HB 1420 implements a means tested delinking of Corporate Tax breaks in the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the CARES act to pay for this.  EITC expansion for ITIN filers will cost $15.7 million per year. Increasing the EITC from 10% to 15% will cost $42 million. Money recaptured by partial closure of the link to Federal Corporate tax breaks will also go into the State Education for the next two years – $113 million will transfer in on March 2021 and $23 million will transfer in on March 2022. .

 

WAS FOR VOTE TO SUPPORT ON MARCH 9, 

WHEN OUR MEETINGS CEASED 

 

Senate Bill 20-163 Senators Julie Gonzales and Kevin Priola and Representative Mullica

SCHOOL ENTRY IMMUNIZATIONS

The bill directs the Department of Public Health and Environment to make modifications to school entry immunization documents and processes. To increase the rate of childhood immunizations in Colorado

Fiscal note: 2020-21- $48,837; 2021-22- $26,555 

On Governor’s desk

 

House Bill 20-1332 Representatives Leslie Herod and Dominique Jackson & Senator Rhonda Fields

PROHIBIT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION SOURCE OF INCOME 

Prohibits source of income discrimination in housing.

Fiscal note: $11,474 in 2020-2021; $29,075 in 2022

June 5 Bills Important for Support

 

CSLC Bill Positions

June 5, 2020

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 20-009   Senators Rachel Zenzinger & Bob Rankin and Rep Barbara McLachlan

EXPAND ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM

Expands one of the two existing state Adult Education Grant Programs, established in 2014, to include not only the current partnerships with post-secondary institutions and job training and placement programs, but also partnerships with K-12 schools, since many of these students are caregivers to students and working to improve their basic literacy and numeracy skills themselves. 

Fiscal Note: None as Amended. On governor’s desk.

 

Senate Bill 20-029 Senators Rhonda Fields and Dominick Moreno and Representative James Coleman and Monica Duran

COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR COLORADO WORK PROGRAM

As amended, would give a one time supplemental payment of $500 of those currently on TANF

Fiscal note: Approximately $4 million from TANF State Reserve (federal dollars). 

Passed Senate. In House Education

 

Senate Bill 20-100 Senators Julie Gonzales and Jack Tate and Representative Jennie Arndt and Adrienne Benavidez

REPEAL THE DEATH PENALTY

Repeals the Colorado Death Penalty

Fiscal Note: None.  Passed legislature, signed into law

 

Senate Bill 20-217 Senators LeRoy Garcia and Rhonda Fields and Representative Herod and Gonzales-Gutierrez

ENHANCE LAW ENFORCEMENT INTEGRITY

This bill promotes law enforcement accountability and transparency by mandating use  of body cameras to record interactions with the public; departments must track and record data on use of force, stops and searches and forcible entry into homes; names allowable conditions for use of deadly force, requires decertification of officers convicted of violent crimes, disallowing qualified immunity, and maintaining a state database of officers terminated for cause , or found to be untruthful.

Fiscal note: $1.6 million in 2020-2021, $1.2 million in 2021-2022. In Senate Appropriations

 

House Bill 20-1009 Representative Dominique Jackson and Senator Faith Winter 

SUPPRESSING COURT RECORDS OF EVICTION PROCEEDINGS

Suppresses from public view courts records of proceedings which do not actual result in eviction. Also suppresses records of eviction if both parties agree to suppress record.

Fiscal note:    None   

Passed legislature, signed into law

 

House Bill 20-1203   Representatives Emily Sirota and Matt Grey and Senator Julie Gonzales

HELPING FAMILIES GET AHEAD ACT

Doubles the state Earned Income Tax Credit and begins to actually pay the Colorado Child Tax Credit.

Pays for it by decoupling from new federal tax law allowing a 20% deduction on income for pass-through corporations.

Fiscal note: $155 million cost paid for by closing state income tax loophole for pass through corporations of about the same amount). 

In House Appropriations.  Will be killed and replaced by a new bill, doubling the EITC for Tax Year 2023, using closed Corporate tax loopholes for the State General Fund shortfall for the next couple years.

 

WAS FOR VOTE TO SUPPORT ON MARCH 9, 

WHEN OUR MEETINGS CEASED 

 

Senate Bill 20-163 Senators Julie Gonzales and Kevin Priola and Representative Mullica

SCHOOL ENTRY IMMUNIZATIONS

The bill directs the Department of Public Health and Environment to make modifications to school entry immunization documents and processes. To increase the rate of childhood immunizations in Colorado

Fiscal note: 2020-21- $48,837; 2021-22- $26,555 

House Health Insurance

 

House Bill 20-1332 Representatives Leslie Herod and Dominique Jackson & Senator Rhonda Fields

PROHIBIT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION SOURCE OF INCOME 

Prohibits source of income discrimination in housing.

House Finance

Feburary 10 CSLC Ending the Death Penalty

 

CSLC panel on Monday, February 10.  First Baaptist Chruch basement at noon

“The Death Penalty in Colorado”

Panelists:

Sen. Julie Gonzales (SD 34 – Denver), prime Senate sponsor of SB 20-100, Repeal the Death Penalty. More info: https://julieforcolorado.com/about/

Rep. Adrienne Benavidez (HD 32 – Adams), prime House sponsor of SB 20-100. More info: https://www.facebook.com/benavidezhd32/

 ACLU panelist 

Helen Griffiths, ACLU of Colorado.

“Helen graduated from Colorado College. Her work experience spans academics, international affairs and American politics. She interned for Congresswoman DeGette and Senator Michael Bennet in Denver. Helen was a research assistant at the Marshall Center for European Security Studies in Germany and the Political Science department at Colorado College, where she was also a staff writer for The Catalyst newspaper. Helen founded the Democratic Dialogue Project, which fosters open dialogue between the Air Force Academy and Colorado College. In her free time, she loves to read, write fiction, travel, and explore beautiful Colorado.”

Photo: https://aclu-co.org/about-us/staff/

Phil Cherner, Esq., retired trial lawyer. More info: https://www.philcherner.com/

phil@philcherner.com

h:303-730-1400

c:303-882-5229

www.philcherner.com

 

Looking for my photography? Visit philcherner.com/piwigo.

 

 

January 27 – Helping Families Access Federal Income Supports TANF/BCA

Colorado Social Legislative Committee Luncheon Meet Every Monday from noon to 1:15 in the basement of the First Baptist Church at 14th and Grant Avenue.  ALL ARE WELCOME

 

February 3 we will be joining the Interfaith Alliance and speaking about affordable Housing in the basement of the main Denver Public Library

 

On February 10 we will be meeting in our usual place at the First Baptist Church.

From: Colorado Social Legislation Committee <dfreeman@cclponline.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:44 PM
To: Chaer Robert <crobert@cclponline.org>
Subject: January 27 – Helping Families Access Federal Income Support

 

Where?
Basement of

First Baptist Church of Denver

1373 Grant Street

Denver, CO 80203

 When?

 

January 27, 2020

12:00PM-1:15PM

 

We invite you to join us on Monday, January 27 we discuss access to federal income supports, including the bill proposed this session to add a cost of living adjustment to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Basic Cash Assistance (BCA) program.

Sen. Rhonda Fields

Colorado State Senate, District 29

 

Sen. Fields represents District 29 in the Colorado Senate. Previously, she served as member of the Colorado State House of Representatives representing House District 42 from Aurora, Colorado. She was the first African American woman elected in State House District 42, as well as the first Speaker pro Tempore. She is a prime sponsor of SB20-029, which would increase Basic Cash Assistance to make up for the lack of adjustment for inflation and implement an annual cost of living adjustment so the value of the benefit does not erode in the future. 

Jack Regenbogen

Senior Attorney, Colorado Center on Law & Policy

 

With expertise in landlord-tenant law, public benefits such as SNAP and helping people with criminal justice records, Jack is responsible for developing and supporting policies to improve the economic security of low-income Coloradans. Jack earned his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College in 2012. He previously worked as a volunteer with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, and the Homeless Advocacy Project.

Sarah Barnes

Manager of Special Policy Initiatives, Colorado Children’s Campaign

 

Sarah serves as the Manager of Special Policy Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she works across the organization and with external stakeholders to develop and oversee the implementation of the Campaign’s engagement on strategic policy priorities Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah taught middle school English and worked as an Interventionist at Pioneer Charter School in Denver. She was a 2011 Teach For America corps member. Prior to teaching, Sarah worked as an attorney in Denver. Sarah earned a BA in English from Midland University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Isabel Cruz

Advocacy Coordinator, Center for Work, Education & Employment (CWEE)

 

Isabel has had the opportunity to pursue her passion for social justice and human rights in her career as an advocate and educator, with a focus on amplifying the voices of marginalized communities to become agents of change. Originally hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Isabel comes to CWEE with a background in fostering grassroots leadership and mobilization among various groups, particularly young womxn of color, through her work in nonprofits and advocacy organizations in New York City, New Haven, and Denver. A graduate of Yale University with a BA in Sociology with honors and a certificate in Human Rights, Isabel continues to be inspired by the immense power that community voices and stories can wield in enacting change on local and global levels.

Where?
Basement of

First Baptist Church of Denver

1373 Grant Street

Denver, CO 80203

 When?

 

January 27, 2020

12:00PM-1:15PM

Contact:

Duranya Freeman

Communications Chair, CSLC

dfreeman@cclponline.org

(303) 573-5669 ext. 314

 

February 3 Housing – Interfaith Alliance

 

 Interfaith Alliance Colorado <info@interfaithallianceco.org> wrote:

 

The affordable housing crisis is sweeping the nation and hitting hardest in our own backyard. Join us Feb. 3 at our annual Day at the Legislature to meet your legislators and learn how the crisis is impacting our communities >>

The conversation about affordable housing and housing insecurity has been long and exhausting, without leading to many long term solutions. The housing crisis is an extremely challenging situation that we can no longer sit back and ignore.

2020 has to be a year of ACTION and it starts with you!

Start off the new year by connecting with your elected officials, make your voice heard on key issues, and connect with the incredible Interfaith community. We’ll guide you around the capitol and give you the lay of the land!

We’ve invited speakers from across different faith and non-faith backgrounds to discuss the intersection between affordable housing, homelessness, housing insecurity, and faith. RSVP TODAY! Your ticket includes a light breakfast, lunch, trainings & materials, and networking opportunities.

Day at Legislature (Full Day)
Monday, February 3rd 8:30am – 2:30pm

Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Avenue, Denver CO 80203
$30 and open to all, RSVP HERE

Day at Legislature (Luncheon Only)
Monday, February 3rd 12:00pm -1:00pm

Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St. Denver, CO 80203
$12 and open to all, RSVP HERE

We can’t wait to see you!
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

PS: This event is free for students or those who need financial assistance.
Contact Melanie Kesner at melanie@interfaithallianceco.org for more information.

Legislative Request form 2020

 

REQUEST FOR CSLC BILL POSITION

Request for CSLC Position on State Legislation

Request must be made by a CSLC member & be for a bill which has been introduced.

 

Bill Number:

Bill Title: 

 

Sponsors:

 

Desired Position:  __ Support _____     Oppose    

 

Person/Organization making the request: 

 

This is our policy for bill endorsement/opposition:

  1. Member requests CSLC to endorse/oppose one week.
  2. The following week the request is discussed. Requesting member briefly states why CSLC should support or oppose.  Other members are invited to briefly state why CSLC should support or oppose the bill. CSLC members should feel free to debate whether a requested position be taken as it reflects on our credibility and reputation. The purpose is not to rubberstamp a request, but to add our voice for legislation consistent with our values.
  3. Members are ask to vote: (a)  Do they support the bill? b. Do they oppose the bill? c.  Do they prefer CSLC have no position on the bill? d. Do they abstain?   An official position requires a majority of members present who vote that day. 

When CSLC members have voted, CSLC may be listed among organizations supporting or opposing the legislation, and our position will be noted in the Executive Committee minutes and on the CSLC website.

 

Please write one or two paragraphs that state 1) what the bill would do and 2) the primary reasons why CSLC should support or oppose the bill.  Fact sheets are welcome. 

 

What the bill will do 

Reasons for support/opposition: 

What website or contact person can people contact to learn more about the bill? 

A bill previously considered by the members and on which a position has been established by vote of the membership may be reconsidered when significant changes are made to the bill and it is again brought to the attention of the members of CSLC.  An announcement and short justification for reconsideration shall be sent by email to the membership during the week prior to reconsideration and a vote taken at a regularly scheduled meeting of the membership.

 

Form can be completed and given to or emailed to Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org

Chaer Robert

Family Economic Security Program Director

Colorado Center on Law and Policy

789 Sherman St #300

Denver, CO  80203

www.cclponline.org

303-573-5669 x307

 

 

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March 19: Let’s Talk Rural Health Care

Let’s Talk Rural Health Care
March 19

Much has been said about the growing divide between urban and rural Colorado. In particular, the realities facing rural Coloradans with regard to their health care has been in the spotlight for quite some time now. From eye-opening statistics to harrowing profiles, there is clearly a case to be made for solutions specifically tailored to these communities to address health care costs. On Monday, a panel of experts and lawmakers will come together to discuss the health care realities facing many of our fellow Coloradans.

Panelists:

  • Representative Dylan Roberts (D-Eagle)
  • Representative Marc Catlin (R-Montrose)
  • Sara Leahy, Director of Business Development at Colorado Rural Health Center
  • John Ingold, Staff Write at The Denver Post
  • Polly Anderson, Vice President of Strategy and Financing at Colorado Community Health Network

Where:
Basement of First Baptist Church of Denver
1373 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203

When:
March 19, 2018
12:00PM-1:15PM

Oct. 26: Budget Sharknado

Hold The Date!
CSLC’s Fall Forum:
Budget Sharknado

Join us on Thursday, October 26 for our annual Fall Forum where we will be taking a closer look at the impact of the proposed federal budget cuts on Colorado.

As Congress moves forward with the annual appropriations process, make sure you know how you can get involved and advocate for Colorado’s interests.

Program Speakers Include:

  • State Senator Dominick Moreno, Member of Joint Budget Committee
  • Julie Duvall, State Director for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
  • Danielle Radovich Piper, Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter
  • Ali Mickelson, Director of Tax and Legislative Policy for Colorado Fiscal Institute
  • Chaer Robert, Manager of Family Economic Security Program for Colorado for Center on Law and Policy
  • Cathy Alderman, Vice President of Communications and Policy for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
  • R.J. Ours, Colorado Director of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)
  • Fofi Mendez, President of Mendez Consulting, L.L.C.

Where?
Augustana Lutheran Church

       5000 East Alameda Avenue
Denver, CO 80246

When?
Thursday, October 26
 4:00PM-7:00PM