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Colorado’s powerhouse for the poor. COLORADO CENTER on LAW & POLICY Advancing the health, economic security and wellbeing of low-income Coloradans. Low-wage jobs replace middle-wage jobs across the country. A lost decade for low-wage earners. 2007 Recession.

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Colorado’s powerhouse for the poor


Advancing the health, economic security and wellbeing of low-income Coloradans

Low-wage jobs replace middle-wage jobs across the country

A lost decade for low-wage earners

2007 Recession

More and more Coloradans live in poverty

  • 125,000 more Coloradans lived in poverty in 2012.

  • 32,000 more children lived in poverty in 2012.

  • Colorado is a “well-educated” state. 7 out of 10 Coloradans have completed at least some college.

  • Poverty is much higher among the less educated.

Single parents face uphill battle

  • 4 out of every 10 single moms lives in poverty.

  • Families with children under five have a higher incidence of poverty than families with children ages 6-17.

  • 5thmost expensive state for center based child care for non-school aged children.

  • Only one in four potentially eligible children receive subsidized care through CCCAP.

Single moms pay a larger share of their income for child care

  • Roughly one out of every three dollars a single mother earns may go to paying for child care.

  • Median household income for single mothers was $28,000 while married couple households brought home $84,000.

  • Average cost of center based care for a four-year old in Colorado was $9,619.

Current state of Colorado policies to help the poor

  • Earned Income Tax Credit

    • In 2011, 345,000 Colorado tax filers claimed the Federal EITC. State credit is not available.

  • Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

    • 93,000 Colorado filers claimed the child care and dependent tax credit.

    • Roughly 55,000 low-income, working parents could not claim the existing credit.

  • Colorado Child Care Assistance Program

    • CCCAP provided subsidized child care to about 32,000 children in 2012 or about 25 percent of eligible population.

    • In 2005, CCCAP served 28 percent of the eligible population.

    • Funding for CCCAP has decreased 19 percent from pre-recession levels.

  • Adult Basic Education

    • Colorado is the only state that provides zero state funding for Adult Basic Education.

Colorado can do more to ensure economic security for all Coloradans

  • Implement the state level EITC. SB13-001.

  • Fix child care expenses tax credit to ensure the most needy can also claim the credit. HB14-1072.

  • Increase funding and improve access to subsidized child care. Not yet introduced.

  • Fund adult basic education and skills training in Colorado. HB14-1085.



Colorado Center on Law & Policy

789 Sherman St., Suite 300

Denver, CO 80203

Thank you

Claire Levy

Executive Director

303-573-5669 ext. 301

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