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Public Policy Is A Powerful Tool for Change

Our Advocacy Is Data-Driven, Nonpartisan, Trusted

When we combine the work of our direct-service grantees with the work of our public policy advocacy grantees, the impact for Colorado women is magnified.

WFCO’s data-driven and nonpartisan approach to public policy advocacy has earned us recognition as a trusted voice and leading advocate for Colorado women and their families at the Capitol.

Through a gender lens, our WAGES public policy and advocacy work includes monitoring legislation, sharing research, participating in coalitions, meeting with legislators and policy partners, and activating our statewide network to elevate issues with local legislators and put the solutions we’ve identified into law. In 2018, WFCO hosted our first-ever lobby day to train more than 60 women to become ardent advocates for Colorado women and their families.

It's about people, not politics

Since 1987, WFCO and our public policy partners have helped pass nearly 40 measures that have achieved the following:

2019 Public Policy Priorities

In 2019, we’ll continue opening doors to greater economic security for women and their families by advocating for bills that align with our public policy priorities - elevating child care, making work work, and propelling opportunity. As of March 26, 2019, WFCO is supporting the following legislation.

Elevating child care

HB 19-1005 - Income Tax Credit for Certain Early Childhood Educators:  Provides an income tax credit to eligible early childhood educators who hold an early childhood professional credential and who, for at least 6 months of the taxable year, are either the head of a family child care home or are employed with an eligible early childhood education program or a family child care home.

HB 19-1013 - Income Tax Credit for Child Care Expenses:  For income tax years prior to January 1, 2021, a resident individual who has a federal adjusted gross income of $25,000 or less may claim a refundable state income tax credit for child care expenses for the care of a dependent who is less than 13 years old.

HB 19-1052 - Special Districts to Provide Early Childhood Development Services: Authorizes the creation of early childhood development service districts to provide services for children from birth through 8 years of age. Districts may seek voter approval to levy property taxes and sales taxes in the district to generate revenues to provide services that include early care and educational, health, mental health, and developmental services, including prevention and intervention.

HB 19-1164 - Child Tax Credit: The Child Tax Credit (CTC) is the largest federal tax code provision benefiting working families with children. It is a proven, targeted way to reduce childhood poverty and put money back into the pockets of Colorado families.

SB 19-063 - Infant and Family Child Care Action Plan: The bill requires the department of human services (department), in consultation with the early childhood leadership commission (commission) and various stakeholders, to draft a strategic action plan addressing the declining availability of family child care homes and infant child care.

Full-day Kindergarten or FDK: WFCO has joined the Full-Day Kindergarten Now coalition to support in the investment of FDK in Colorado.

Making work work

HB 19-2007 - Employment Support Job Retention Services Program: The bill creates the employment support and job retention services program within the division of employment and training in the department of labor and employment to provide emergency employment support and job retention services to eligible individuals in the state.

SB 19-173 - Colorado Secure Savings Plan Board: The bills creates a Board of Trustees to develop a plan for universal, automatic, portable, low-fee IRA, for employees without access to workplace plans. It will be based on detailed market and financial analyses and managed by a financial services company. The board will then make recommendations to the general assembly for future legislation

Propelling opportunity

SB 19-002 - Regulation of Student Education Loan Servicers: The bill requires an entity that services a student education loan to
be licensed by the administrator of the "Uniform Consumer Credit Code." Servicing means receiving a scheduled periodic payment from a student loan borrower, applying the payments of principal and interest with respect to the amounts received from a student loan borrower, and similar administrative services. The bill also creates a student loan ombudspersonto provide timely assistance to student loan borrowers.

SB 19-085 - Equal Pay for Equal Work Act: The bill prohibits an employer from seeking the wage rate history of a prospective
employee; relying on a prior wage rate to determine a wage rate; discriminating or retaliating against a prospective employee for failing to disclose the employee’s wage rate history; and more.

HB 19-1210 - Local Government Minimum Wage: The bill allows a unit of local government to enact laws establishing a minimum wage within its jurisdiction.

Improve Colorado’s tax and budget policies to allow for sufficient resources to be dedicated to WFCO priorities

HB 19-1257 - Voter Approval to Retrain Revenue for Education and Transportation and HB19-1258 Allocate Voter-approved Revenue for Education & Transportation: These two bills would refer a measure to the ballot in 2019. If the ballot measures passes, in years when the state retains and spends revenue above the TABOR cap to support public schools, higher education, and road, bridges, and transit.

Promote and protect issues and rights aligned with the core values of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

HB 19-1239 - Census Outreach Grant Program: This bill will create a 2020 census outreach program to provide grants to local governments, housing authorities, school districts, and nonprofit organizations to support the accurate counting of the Colorado population for the 2020 census.

Join us

WFCO invites you to join us in leading systemic change on behalf of women and their families. Through a unified voice we can influence positive community outcomes. Stay tuned for updates throughout the session, and in the meantime, here's how you can help support our advocacy efforts!

  • The Womanifesto. Download and share our nonpartisan voter handbook.
  • Help inform the conversation. Share WFCO’s recent research that is informing our advocacy work.
  • Vote and advocate. Read our civic engagement guide to learn how you can make a difference, from voting to how to contact your legislators.
  • Join us to learn more. Attend an upcoming community education event and sign up for our eNewsletter to receive information and updates.
  • Follow and share. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for policy updates throughout the year and participate in Facebook Live discussions with our programs team.
  • Share your ideas with us. Let us know when you see a challenge in your community that could be improved by a policy change, email us at wfco@wfco.org.

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