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Project to Get Veterans VA Benefits Expands Access, Saves Millions of State Medicaid Dollars

Based on an innovative model from Washington state, states have the opportunity to help veterans improve their benefits and save millions of dollars for their own budgets.

Payday Lending Abuses Reined In, As Colorado Joins Other States in Reform

The payday lending trap has been shorting working families to the tune of nearly $5 billion per year ever since the industry exploded onto the scene in the 1990’s.  The number of payday lending institutions has jumped exponentially from 500 in 1990 to about 22,000 today (compared with 14,000 McDonald's), mainly targeting low-income African American and Latino communities. 

Budget Transparency Advances Across Country

Last week, the Massachusetts House unanimously passed the Revenues and Expenditures Transparency Act, H 2972, to create a searchable, online database that details state spending and revenue sources.  Lawmakers also approved an amendment to create greater taxpayer accountability by providing increased transparency around some business tax credits.  As House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Revenue Rep. Jay Kauffman explains, "[p]ublic access to the way we raise and spend money is essential, enabling us to make more-informed decisions for the tax-paying constituents who elect us to serve on their behalf."

Vote by Mail: Saving Money in Colorado

Highlighting the gains from allowing vote by mail options, Boulder County has joined a growing list of Colorado counties and localities that will conduct the 2010 primary election only by mail.

Colorado Leads Clean Energy Reform

This session, Colorado continues its tradition of being a national leader in championing clean energy reform through legislative efforts that expand its renewable energy standards, reduce the amount of pollution from coal, and promote the funding of clean energy development.