The West Steps
By Colorado Children's Campaign
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From the Colorado Children’s Campaign, The West Steps dives into the policies and politics that come out of the Colorado State Capitol. This insider guide is for outsiders who wonder how laws that affect the lives of Coloradans— especially kids. Join us on The West Steps to learn how you can influence the future of Colorado.
||CleanWhat it takes to testify||This week survivors and family of unnecessary deaths of new mothers join Beza Taddess to recount their tearful testimony before legislators. Amanda Curtis of Fort Collins, a survivor of a near-death childbirth experience, and Adele Marshall, a Color...||2/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe short explanation of The Long Bill||Riley Kitts returns to updates us on the lightening progress of proposed legislation impacting kids, and demystifies the budget blueprint that legislators will be putting together in the coming weeks. Also known as The Long Bill, this spending outli...||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe layers of school finance dysfunction explained||This week on The West Steps we untangle school finance in Colorado. It starts in an unexpected place: huge variations in local property tax rates that no Coloradan has ever voted on or had a say in. We’re not just talking about local decisions by vo..||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe mystery of maternal mortality in Colorado||In Episode 3 we dive into a mysterious rise in maternal mortality in Colorado in recent years with Erin Miller, Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campa...||1/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe unexpected benefits of full-day kindergarten with Bill Jaeger||This week we sat down to talk to our Vice President of Early Childhood and Policy Initiatives about Colorado’s ambitious plan to provide full-day kindergarten to all Colorado kids. ...||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing The West Steps with Riley Kitts||The West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol belong to advocates. Yes, tourists stop by to take selfies with the “mile high” marker and politicians often make speeches there. But the rest of the year it is the domain of activists. The people who ral||1/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
An inside look at how policy works
I love learning from experts about policies that impact Colorado’s families. It helps me understand how to engage with issues I care about.
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I think this does an incredible job of distilling really complex policy ideas and solutions.
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Awesome Colorado perspective on policies impacting kids and families!