Capitol Updates: May 1, 2024

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 1, 2024

We’re nearing the end of Colorado’s legislative session with just one week left to go! This week has seen several bills with the potential to create big change for kids and families make progress through the legislative process.  

A transformative update to Colorado’s school funding formula, tax credits for families and for caregivers, and a bill that would help us understand the impact of evictions on families across the state are just a few of the efforts that are drawing closer to becoming a reality. 

Join our End-of-Session webinar on May 9 to see where it all ends up.  

What we’re watching:   

Family Affordability Tax Credit: HB24-1311, which would create a tax credit for Colorado kids and families with fewer financial resources, passed out of the House of Representatives on Wednesday. This legislation is projected to reach 45% of Colorado families and has the potential to reduce child poverty in Colorado by half. Listen to our podcast episode about HB24-1311 and join our Action Alert.

State Income Tax Credit for Careworkers: HB24-1312, which would create a state income tax credit for individuals in the care workforce, passed out of the House of Representatives on Tuesday. This bill would support eligible care workers, including Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) child care providers, by providing them with a $1,200 refundable annual tax credit. Join our Action Alert on HB24-1312.  

New Public School Finance Formula: HB24-1448, which would support Colorado students through an updated school finance system, passed out of the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The legislation comes out of the work of the School Finance Task Force created in SB23-287, a group of experts and educators, who have developed sound recommendations to update our formula and direct more funds to students living in poverty, students learning English, and students who have special needs. Join our Action Alert on HB24-1448.  

Monthly Residential Eviction Data & Report: National research shows that families with children are more likely to experience an eviction. But data about evictions within Colorado are inconsistent and hard to access. We’re excited that SB24-064, which will improve our state’s eviction data collection and reporting, has passed out of the Senate and will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Learn more about SB24-064. 

Defendant Filing Fees in Evictions: HB24-1099, which would eliminate certain fees for an eviction defendant, passed out of the Senate on Tuesday and is headed to the governor’s desk. Learn more about HB24-1099. 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.