Rich Jones

Rich Jones has been at the Bell since 2004 and works on fiscal policy and budgeting as well as economic security issues such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, predatory lending, business development and retirement policy. He was part of a team of researchers that produced Looking Forward: Colorado's fiscal prospects after Ref C and Looking Forward: Colorado's fiscal prospects amid a financial crisis. Rich is a former director of legislative programs at the National Conference of State Legislatures, where he worked for 24 years, and he was a researcher for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Rich holds a bachelor's in government administration from Shippensburg University and a master's in public administration from Penn State.

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