(Aug. 6) – A new law to keep the ReHire Colorado jobs program working for low-income Coloradans went into effect today.

HB14-1015, which was sponsored by Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D-Arvada), extends the ReHire Colorado program for two years. ReHire Colorado was created in 2013 to provide on-the-job skills, training and experience to low-income, low-skill Colorado workers who are unemployed or underemployed.

Working through local agencies such as Goodwill in Denver and Colorado Springs and Catholic Charities in Pueblo, the program aims to place approximately 545 people into transitional employment by the end of 2014. Participants must be un- or underemployed Coloradans with a family income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty limit and be actively seeking work, and preference will be given to veterans, Coloradans over age 50 and parents making child support payments.

“The people who are being helped by this program are at the greatest risk of seeing the state’s economic rebound pass them by,” Rep. Kraft-Tharp said. “Without programs like ReHire, those who have no skills or training risk becoming the exception to the saying, ‘A rising tide lifts all boats.’”

HB14-1015 was one of dozens of laws passed during the 2014 legislative session that went into effect today, the 90th day after the end of the session.

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