===BRONCOS Money! — when Broncos were sold last year, $41 million was set aside for local cities to spend on youth activities. EG: Longmont will build a multipurpose dome. We are checking what Lyons will be spending it on!
===GOV. JARED POLIS gave his Annual State of the Union Address, with his three top items on his agenda being (1) lowering crime, particularly with Colorado being the #1 state for car theft (2) rules on ghost guns (3) cut the government red tape to build more affordable housing…. (and more).
===Vail announced $32 million to build 72 Affordable Housing units, with all the energy features; and more are planned for WORKFORCE people.
===Denver purchased its fourth motel, and will be converting it into 94 apartment units for HOMELESS people (passed $9million for the project).
===This is the first time that WOMEN make up the majority of the Colorado legislators.
===NEW STATE RETIREMENT PROGRAM
New Pilot program to help those who want to save money for retirement: Colorado Secure Savings Program, beginning January 19th. It will help those who can’t otherwise get plans through an employer. No cost for employers! Takes very little time for both to set up and run. It’s voluntary at all times. Set it up online, but there are also “real people” to answer your questions.
There are 57 million workers who lack access to retirement plans (per CNBC).
Here in Colorado, nearly 940,000 workers have no employer-sponsored retirement savings plan. Colorado SecureSavings was created by law to meet this urgent need. Once enrolled in Colorado SecureSavings, employees can contribute to a Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) directly from their paychecks and access tools to help them reach their financial goals. It is open to full time and part time workers.
===FREE PRE SCHOOL
SIGN UP YOUR KIDS FOR FREE PRE-SCHOOL. Yes, Gov. Polis and Pres. Biden had this high on their priorities, and pushed this item through, considering it very important. Parents will save an average of $8,600 a year. EVERY child in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten is eligible for half-day (15 hours), state-funded, voluntary preschool beginning in the 2023-24 school year. UPK Colorado allows families to choose the right setting for their child, whether it is in a licensed community-based, school-based or home-based preschool setting. There are many more options, including financial assistance.
Sign up started January 17th. Go to CO Dept of Early Childhood — INFORMATION