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Colorado Forges Ahead On A New Model For Health Care While Nation Waits

DENVER — With the nation’s capital mired in gridlock and the Affordable Care Act facing a dire legal challenge, the prospects of lowering health care costs for Americans this year seem unlikely. Just don’t tell that to Coloradans. Democratic majorities in the state House and …

Despite A Birth By A Colorado Legislator, Paid Family Leave Bill Feels Labor Pains

DENVER — When Brittany Pettersen, a Colorado state senator, gave birth to a boy in January, she became only the second lawmaker in the state to have a baby during a legislative season. The first, Sen. Barbara Holme, delivered just two days before lawmakers adjourned nearly …

With powerful backers, new Colorado apprenticeship program seeks to build ‘middle class of tomorrow’

A youth apprenticeship program set to launch next fall aims to connect 250 Colorado high school students with paid job training in its first year, providing students with an immediate path to middle-income jobs and helping businesses cultivate the skilled workers they need. Called CareerWise Colorado, …