Advertising

The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWsource | Free Classifieds | seattletimes.com

Business / Technology


Our network sites seattletimes.com | Advanced

Originally published Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Comments (0)     E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

Colo. lawmakers consider measures to cut poverty

Colorado lawmakers have given initial approval to a package of bills aimed at reducing the number of people in poverty.

Associated Press Writer

DENVER —

Colorado lawmakers have given initial approval to a package of bills aimed at reducing the number of people in poverty.

Proposed measures adopted Tuesday by the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force include allowing people who claim the earned income tax credit to collect their refunds first.

Others would make it easier for convicted criminals to get jobs and for officials to waive fees for identity documents needed by job seekers.

Committee members say the budget crisis has limited the state's ability to fund poverty reduction programs. But they maintain there are other ways to help people struggling to make ends meet, including easing regulatory burdens.

"There is no money, but we need the semblance of a safety net. We have to focus on economic development that serves people instead of the other way around," said committee chairman Rep. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins.

The committee struggled over a bill that would strengthen state rent control laws after Republicans argued it would give local governments too much influence over developers.

"I see this as extortion," said Sen. Al White, a Republican from Hayden.

Democrats insisted the agreements were voluntary.

The bills from the interim committee still must be approved by legislative leaders before they are introduced to the full Legislature in January. Lawmakers can also submit them on their own.

More Business & Technology headlines...

E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

Comments
No comments have been posted to this article.

advertising


Get home delivery today!

More Business & Technology

UPDATE - 09:46 AM
Exxon Mobil wins ruling in Alaska oil spill case

UPDATE - 09:32 AM
Bank stocks push indexes higher; oil prices dip

UPDATE - 08:04 AM
Ford CEO Mulally gets $56.5M in stock award

UPDATE - 07:54 AM
Underwater mortgages rise as home prices fall

NEW - 09:43 AM
Warner Bros. to offer movie rentals on Facebook

Advertising

Video
AP Video

Entertainment | Top Video | World | Offbeat Video | Sci-Tech

Marketplace

Advertising