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Testimonials

As Colorado continues to tackle its housing affordability crisis, CSI’s research and work in this arena has been paramount to informing our state’s elected leaders and policymakers not only on its problems but real solutions. Specifically, their Colorado Housing Development Blueprint has put forward bold but obtainable reforms that, if enacted, can disrupt and help fix the broken system of housing supply currently holding our state back from its true potential.

Adam Paul

Mayor, City of Lakewood

CSI was among the first to identify the she-cession and ring the alarm bell. Their work has helped identify obstacles for women returning to the workforce and sparked policy makers to address challenges like child care. We are proud to partner with them on this important work.

Nicole Riehl

President & CEO, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC)

Homelessness is a crisis that has erupted across Metro Denver. As the former Chairman of the Downtown Denver Partnership Management Group, it was vital that stakeholders and policymakers knew the facts about how much we are spending to address the problem – as a benchmark for having a new and enlightened conversation. For the first time ever, thanks to CSI’s work, the truth can now set us free to start fresh thinking about impacting this problem and prioritizing future spending to achieve different results.

Mike Zoellner

Managing Partner, ZF Capital

There are several reasons to celebrate and acknowledge the Terry J. Stevinson Fellowship on transportation. But foremost among them, it represents exactly what philanthropic and civic engagement are meant to embody. Through this Fellowship, Ben Stein and I were able to bring hard facts and years of direct experience to a discussion that in Colorado has for too long been the victim of political inertia and damaging rhetoric. In a time when speaking up about taxes or fees means risking the wrath of social media or even one’s political career, Mr. Stevinson and the Board of the Common Sense Institute gave Ben and me a blank canvas and full editorial control of our paper – consequences or popularity contests be damned. It is this courage and leadership that to me are exemplary and it was an honor to be a part of it.

Henry Sobanet

2020 Terry J. Stevinson Fellow

CSI’s crime study is a tremendous contribution to public policy in Colorado. Fellows George Brauchler and Mitch Morrissey developed a thoughtful analysis that put the magnitude of this problem in perspective for policy makers, elected officials and citizens across the state. Thanks to CSI, there is a drive for fact-based policy solutions on the legislative agenda this year.

Bill Owens

Governor of Colorado

CSI doesn’t shy away from taking on tough topics that address the needs of the community. They bring together experts in the field to take these on and provide clear data-driven information driven by timely research. As a partner, they dig in and bring their passion and problem solving into every project, adding key insights that elevate the deliverable to better inform the public.

Dan Griner

Director of Design, Innovation and Strategy, Inworks, University of Colorado Denver

For anyone who follows public policy in Colorado, the research produced by the Common Sense Institute is a must-read. When looking at a proposed bill or ballot measure, CSI does an amazing job of explaining and quantifying the impacts on the economic sector being targeted. But then the staff and fellows at CSI go further, by showing how those impacts will be felt across other economic sectors and even how state and local tax revenues could be impacted.

Businesses and working families in Colorado are all interconnected. Whether the impacts are positive or negative, what happens to one industry will impact many other industries, the overall business climate and the broader state economy. Without CSI, this critical context would be largely missing from public policy discussions in Colorado.

Lynn Granger

Executive Director, American Petroleum Institute

The Independent Bankers of Colorado (IBC) are proud to join CSI and support their mission to bring data and unbiased analysis to the policy debates facing our state. We pride ourselves on being good community partners as well as good community banks and engaging in the public policy debates that impact our customers is one of the most important things we can do as an organization.

Mike Van Norstrand

Executive Director, Independent Bankers of Colorado

Common Sense Institute is at the forefront of essential policy discussions affecting Colorado. CSI provides policymakers and voters with unbiased facts and data that allows for informed discussions and decision making regarding Colorado’s economic health. As a provider of housing for all, we are proud to support CSI’s important work and pleased to be a member of the Leader’s Circle.  

Renee Zentz

CEO, Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs

Common Sense Institute (CSI) is leading the way on the most challenging public policy issues facing our state. CSI did what no one else could. They delivered the facts with thoughtful, unbiased analysis. Thanks to their work we can move toward solutions and address one of the most heart-breaking and challenging issues of our time, homelessness.

Mike Coffman

Mayor, City of Aurora

CSI and the Scrivner Institute share a common vision on developing practical solutions to the most pressing public policy challenges. CSI’s commitment to data driven analysis delivers input without partisanship and the basis for thoughtful and constructive policy discussions.

Naazneen H. Barma

Director of the Doug and Mary Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, University of Denver

Denver South is both an organization and a region that believes non-partisan, pro-business public policies are the foundation that underpins a vibrant economy. Today, more than ever, those policies must be driven by data and facts, not conjecture and opinion. Common Sense Institute’s use of data-driven tools like the Regional Economic Models Inc. (REMI) model offers policymakers unbiased—and otherwise unavailable—insights into the full cost and economic impact of proposed legislation.

Tom Brook

CEO, Denver South Economic Development Partnership

Without the factual analysis provided by the Common Sense Institute, Coloradans would be faced with supporting an insolvent state-run program. Thanks in part to CSI’s research, elected officials and policymakers paused the debate on SB 19-188 and stopped the passage of a family medical leave program that would have stifled business and placed an enormous burden on our state budget. The study issued by CSI changed the conversation and proved to be a catalyst for a more thoughtful examination of the fiscal issues posed by this legislation. CSI fills a void with much-needed facts and data that is not found in partisan politics. In other words, when CSI weighs in with research, people listen.

Loren Furman

President & CEO, Colorado Chamber of Commerce

As the mayor of one of the fastest-growing cities on the front range, the need for quality research is mission-critical to our decision-making process. The Common Sense Institute is consistently my go-to source for reliable, in-depth data that drills down to the local level. Their non-partisan approach to tackling tough issues is a breath of fresh air in today’s political climate.

Benjamin Huseman

Mayor, Commerce City