Colorado

Oct 20, 2009 12:41 PM by Associated Press

Colorado lawmakers consider measures to cut poverty

Colorado lawmakers are considering a package of bills aimed at reducing the number of people in poverty.

Proposed measures being considered Tuesday by the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force include one that would allow people claiming the earned income tax credit to collect their refunds before other tax refunds. Others would make it easier for convicted criminals to get jobs and waive fees for identity documents needed for employment.

Lawmakers say the budget crisis has limited the state's ability to fund poverty reduction programs. But they maintain there are other ways to help people who are struggling to make ends meet, including easing regulatory burdens.

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