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2020 | November

Proposed restrictions on Colorado oil and gas could ‘significantly impact’ industry, economy
“Potential ripple effects include a $2.7 billion hit to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), up to 22,000 jobs lost outside of the energy industry, and further damage to the commercial real estate industry. CSI found 14% of office space in downtown Denver is rented by energy companies..”
The Washington Examiner: November 19, 2020, by Robert Davis
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Colorado’s proposed restrictions on oil and gas development could ‘significantly impact’ industry, state economy, think tank says
“Proposed setback restrictions on energy development in environmental areas in Colorado could “significantly impact” the state’s oil and gas industry and take hundreds of millions out of the state economy, according to a recent report by the Common Sense Institute (CSI)…”
The Center Square: November 18, 2020, by Robert Davis
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Study finds big economic impacts from proposed Colorado oil and gas wildlife rules
“The Common Sense Institute, a Denver-based free-market think tank, modeled the impact of rules proposed to state regulators to protect the habitat of high-priority species of big game, predators, raptors and fish…”
Denver Business Journal: November 13, 2020, by Greg Avery
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Another tax on Colorado’s job creators
“Critics have been warning that the program’s financial stability will be short-lived. According to an analysis by Colorado’s Common Sense Institute, the new program will face the very real prospect of insolvency almost from startup. The analysis assumes a real-world claims rate of 6.2% and an average length of leave of 9.5 weeks among employees who seek paid leave and projects 2023 premium collections would not be sufficient to cover benefit and administrative costs in the program’s first year…”
The Gazette: November 8, 2020, by The Gazette Editorial Board
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Here’s how Colorado’s tax-related measures fared at the ballot box
“The paid family leave program, known as Proposition 118, could take more money out of school than both of these measures add, according to an analysis by the Common Sense Institute (CSI), a free enterprise research organization. CSI found the measure would increase state expenses by up to $94 million to provide its employees the required 12 weeks of paid sick time per year. The program is funded through premiums that employers and employees split 50/50…”
The Center Square: November 6, 2020, by Robert Davis
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Coloradans send mixed financial message to state with election results
“While [the Gallagher Amendment repeal] will stabilize local government revenue and will stop the recent trends in increasing taxes for commercial property taxpayers, it will likely over the long run lead to increasing faster growing residential property taxes for homeowners that, if we don’t see any long-term alternatives, could have a significant impact again for years to come,” said Chris Brown, the director of policy research at the Common Sense Institute….”
The Denver Channel 7: November 4, 2020, by Meghan Lopez
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Coloradans vote themselves an income tax cut, consent over big new state fees
“According to a study this year by the Colorado-based Common Sense Institute: “In 2018, state enterprise fee revenues were more than double what they were in 2008 on a per-Coloradan basis as total revenue from enterprise fees has grown faster than general fund revenue…”
Complete Colorado: Page 2: November 4, 2020, by Mike Krause
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Charters give DPS parents, students a choice
“A Common Sense Institute report found that charter schools have higher graduation rates for students of all races and ethnicities than non-charter high schools. Looking at data over the past three years from the Colorado Department of Education, performance on statewide English and mathematics assessments was higher at charter schools than at non-charter schools — both for students overall and for students of color, low-income students, English language learners, and students with disabilities…”
The Denver Gazette: November 3, 2020, by Gloria Zamora and Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner
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Charters give DPS parents, students a choice
“A Common Sense Institute report found that charter schools have higher graduation rates for students of all races and ethnicities than non-charter high schools. Looking at data over the past three years from the Colorado Department of Education, performance on statewide English and mathematics assessments was higher at charter schools than at non-charter schools — both for students overall and for students of color, low-income students, English language learners, and students with disabilities…”
The Gazette: November 3, 2020, by Gloria Zamora and Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner
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ELECTION 2020 | Denver voters approve pair of sales tax increases to fight climate change, tackle homelessness
“The city spends about $26,000 per person experiencing homelessness every year, according to a 2019 report by the Common Sense Institute, a Denver-based, business-focused think tank. The new sales tax increase would add another $10,000 a year, according to Chris Brown, CSI’s policy and research director…”
Colorado Politics: November 3, 2020, by Alayna Alvarez
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Women Leave The Workforce Amidst COVID-19
“For a generation, women have made tremendous gains in the workforce. In the late 1950s, only one third of women worked, and now, it’s fifty percent of women the last few years that were in the workforce. But our ongoing research really paints a grim picture for women in Colorado with kids. The pandemic, this recession, really threatened all of that progress for Colorado’s working woman….”  –  Kristin Strohm
Colorado Public Radio: November 2, 2020, by Ryan Warner
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2020 | October

Denver Post urges a ‘no’ on Prop 118; others predict paid family leave program insolvent in year one
“In a recent interview, Kristin Strohm, President and CEO of the Common Sense Institute (CSI), a “non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy,” told Independence Institute* President Jon Caldara that the levy, “effectively equates to a 10% to 18% state income tax increase for an individual. And on the employer side its even bigger, it’s effectively a 200% corporate income tax increase…”
Complete Colorado Page Two: October 27, 2020, by Scott Weiser
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Opinion: Don’t raise taxes; vote ‘no’ on Proposition 118
“Finally, this program simply doesn’t add up. An independent study from the Common Sense Institute predicts the program will be bankrupt from the beginning. In other words, after paying into the program, an employee won’t have access to the benefits they have been promised and taxpayers will be left to contemplate a bailout…”
Summit Daily: October 26, 2020, by Lauren Grosch
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The case for Proposition 117; voter approval for big state fees
“So how bad has the fee problem gotten? The Common Sense Institute recently put out a study finding that since 2000, enterprise fees have risen four times faster than the General Fund. When TABOR was implemented in 1993, 46% of our state budget was exempted from it. Now, a whopping 69% of our $30 billion budget is exempt…”
Complete Colorado: October 26, 2020, by Lindsey Singer
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Common Sense Institute looks at jobs trends, and it’s bad news for moms
“The Common Sense Institute sees troubles for working parents in an analysis released Thursday called ‘Colorado’s Labor Force and Jobs Report COVID-19.’ The report flags the growing gap — 14% in February to 19% in September — in the labor force participation rate between men and women with kids: 93% participation for men with kids and a 74% for women with kids…”
Colorado Politics: October 22, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Proposition 116 benefits all Colorado taxpayers
“Outside analysis by the non-partisan Common Sense Institute finds that this tax cut will expand the state’s economy and create new jobs. Instead of causing a budget crisis, a vote for Proposition 116 will create new jobs and economic opportunity while helping to offset some of the new taxes and fees the legislature does not let you vote on…”
Complete Colorado: October 22, 2020, by Jerry Sonnenberg
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Proposition 116 is an equal tax cut for all taxpaying Coloradans at a time of need
“Outside analysis by the non-partisan Common Sense Institute finds that this tax cut will expand the state’s economy and create new jobs. Instead of causing a budget crisis, a vote for Proposition 116 will create new jobs and economic opportunity while helping to offset some of the new taxes and fees the legislature does not let you vote on…”
Denver Post: October 19, 2020, by Jerry Sonnenberg
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Kristin Strohm – Common Sense Institute
“Kristin Strohm, President & CEO of the Common Sense Institute, is a leading voice for free enterprise and economic opportunity in Colorado. Kristin sits down with Jon Caldara to talk about Colorado Prop 118, a new payroll tax that is meant to fund a new state-run “paid family leave” insurance program. A program which, according to Kristin, will be bankrupt in a year…”
IITV: October 19, 2020
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State on a course to hit Gallagher’s iceberg
“The Iceberg Ahead analysis doesn’t fly alone, building on similar cautionary analysis provided by the state’s own Department of Local Affairs and on research from the Common Sense Institute…”
The Gazette: October 16, 2020, by Tony Gagliardi
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Opinion: Prop 116 would help families and small businesses
References Common Sense Institute’s 2020 Ballot Guide
Steamboat Pilot & Today: October 16, 2020, by Jesse Mallory
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State on course to hit gallagher’s iceberg
“The Iceberg Ahead analysis doesn’t fly alone, building on similar cautionary analysis provided by the state’s own Department of Local Affairs and on research from the Common Sense Institute…”
The Gazette: October 16, 2020, by Tony Gagliardi
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Capitol Review – By Mark Hillman
References Common Sense Institute’s 2020 Ballot Guide
Julesburg Advocate: October 13, 2020, by Mark Hillman
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Breaking down the arguments on Colorado’s paid family leave initiative
“A Common Sense Institute study released in September predicted that if 7% of all workers utilize the program for an average of 10 weeks — a usage rate this is higher than in pioneer states New Jersey and California but in line with actuarial-study predictions — the benefits paid by the state would be higher than the previous year’s fee collection in both 2024 and 2025. And in that scenario, the state would have to raise the fees, cut benefits or sell bonds to cover costs…”
Denver Business Journal: October 12, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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How Proposition 117 could limit Colorado’s ability to create new enterprises
“A Common Sense Institute study noted that of the $17.9 million in fees the state collected in the 2017-18 fiscal year, $11.6 billion came from tuition and fees to public colleges and universities — an area that no fiscal hawk has ever griped about being outside the TABOR cap. Fees to programs like the UITF, the state lottery and the Division of Parks and Wildlife also generate little controversy, as Coloradans can avoid them by not visiting parks or playing the lottery, for example…”
Denver Business Journal: October 12, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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Proposition 118: Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, Explained
“Critics argue the fees being advertised are too low to support the program. A Colorado-based group known as the Common Sense Institute argues that the program could become insolvent as workers rush to take leave. It modeled different scenarios and found that in a “high” usage scenario, the program would quickly run out of money…”
Colorado Public Radio: October 12, 2020, by Colorado Pubic Radio Staff
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Jimmy Sengenberger Show with Kristin Strohm on Prop 118
“This is going to be a new government run 1.3 billion dollar program where employees and employers will both pay into the program. Employees will actually be charged a tax, a premium, that will be deducted from their paycheck to pay in. But just as you alluded to, it sounds nice, but there’s a reason why this hasn’t passed the several last legislative sessions, even when one party controls all levels of power, and that’s because the family leave numbers in this program just don’t add up…” – Kristin Strohm
Jimmy Sengenberger Show: October 10, 2020
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Jimmy Sengenberger Show with Chris Brown on Prop 116 and 117
“In 1993, the first year the TABOR passed, about 46% of all state spending was exempt from TABOR. So a little less than half of state spending was exempt, that included federal spending as well that is exempt. In 2019, that number grew to 69% of total state spending was exempt from TABOR. So over two-thirds of total Colorado state spending is now exempt from TABOR. Again, largely due to this growth in fee-based revenue…” – Chris Brown
Jimmy Sengenberger Show: October 10, 2020
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Over 160 Colorado businesses endorse ballot measure establishing paid family leave program
“A report released last month by the Common Sense Institute, a free-enterprise think tank, estimated that employers would pay an estimated $1.34 billion in premiums once the program is matured in 2025. ‘This would be an effective increase of the corporate income tax of 204 percent,’ the report said…”
Kiowa County Press: October 9, 2020, by Derek Draplin, The Center Square
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VOTER GUIDE 2020: DENVER BALLOT QUESTION 2B | Denver asked to pay extra sales tax to fund homeless services
“The city spends about $26,000 per person experiencing homelessness every year, according to a 2019 report by the Common Sense Institute, a Denver-based, business-focused think tank. The new sales tax increase would add another $10,000 a year, according to Chris Brown, CSI’s policy and research director…”
Colorado Politics: October 9, 2020, by Alayna Alvarez
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Business organizations split over support for income-tax cut on Colorado’s November ballot
“A report from the Common Sense Institute also predicted that state-government revenue will fall between $171 million and $176 million annually versus a baseline projection if voters approve the tax cut. But it argued that the dynamic effects of the tax cut also will generate significant new tax revenue as the lowered tax rate increases spending by residents and firms…”
Denver Business Journal: October 8, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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ELECTION 2020 | What you need to know to answer the Colorado ballot’s big questions
“The ballot is long this year. Chris Brown, the policy and research director for the Common Sense Institute, a business-driven public policy institute, wondered out loud to Colorado Politics and ballot policy experts about ballot fatigue this year, and whether the costly, impactful issues will get the cool consideration they deserve in a landscape of pandemic, politics and economic crises…”
The Gazette: October 8, 2020, by Joey Bunch Colorado Politics
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What’s Colorado Proposition 117: New state fees
“According to the Common Sense Institute, 69% of the state’s spending was exempt from TABOR in 2019 compared to 46% in 1993…”
Denver Post: October 7, 2020, by Saja Hindi
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Caldara: Have progressives muzzled business?
“According to analysis by the non-partisan Common Sense Institute this new state-run insurance plan could quickly become insolvent, requiring the tax to grow to 1.7%. In other words, this is going to be devastating for any business surviving on tight marginal profits…”
Complete Colorado Page 2: October 7, 2020, by Jon Caldara
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1st hour guests CO State Rep Matt Gray & Dave Davia discuss Prop 118.
CSI’s Board Member Dave Davia joins the Mandy Connell on the Mandy Connell Show Podcast to discuss Prop. 118.
The Mandy Connell Podcast: October 7, 2020
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Proposition 118: Statewide paid family and medical leave question on Colorado’s November ballot
“It’s a $1.34 billion insurance program. That’s a huge chunk of change,” said Kristin Strohm, the president and CEO of the Common Sense Institute. “Every single Coloradan who is employed will be paying into this program and employers will be paying into this program…”
The Denver Channel 7: October 6, 2020, by Meghan Lopez
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Silence is complicity
“Outside analysis by the non-partisan Common Sense Institute finds that this tax cut (Prop. 116) will expand the state’s economy and create new jobs…”
The Daily Sentinel: October 5, 2020, by Jerry Sonnenberg
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Silence is complicity
“Outside analysis by the non-partisan Common Sense Institute finds that this tax cut will expand the state’s economy and create new jobs. The only downside to the measure is that it won’t even come close to giving Coloradans back all the money the state has taken from them in recent years without consent. In recent years, the Legislature has repeatedly created billions of dollars in new fees on Coloradans without a ballot vote by the people…”
The Daily Sentinel: October 6, 2020, by Dan Ford
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ELECTION 2020 | What you need to know to answer the Colorado ballot’s big questions
“The ballot is long this year. Chris Brown, the policy and research director for the Common Sense Institute, a business-driven public policy institute, wondered out loud to Colorado Politics and ballot policy experts about ballot fatigue this year, and whether the costly, impactful issues will get the cool consideration they deserve in a landscape of pandemic, politics and economic crises…”
The Gazette: October 5, 2020, by Joey Bunch Colorado Politics
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Has the left silenced business?
“According to analysis by the nonpartisan Common Sense Institute this new state-run insurance plan could quickly become insolvent, requiring the tax to grow to 1.7%. In other words, this is going to be devastating for any business surviving on tight marginal profits….”
The Gazette: October 5, 2020, by Jon Caldara
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Proposition 118 will make hard times harder for Coloradans
“According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Common Sense Institute, the rate might need to be raised further to cover demands of the benefit; Coloradans could see their state taxes rise by 18%. A worker making $50,000 annually will pay several hundred dollars more each year for a benefit he or she may never use. That’s not fair. Sadly, that’s not the worst of it…”
The Denver Post: October 5, 2020, by Krista Kafer
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Proposition 118 explained: Paid-leave measure would give Colorado workers time off but cost big money
“Opponents, however, have countered with a study by the Common Sense Institute, a conservative-leaning, business-backed organization, that said the program could run out of money. That September report, which criticized the Colorado plan for providing some of the most generous benefits in the country, predicted that more Coloradans may take advantage of paid leave than supporters are expecting…”
The Colorado Sun: October 2, 2020, by Jennifer Brown
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Colorado fiscal policy groups outline their support for, opposition to income tax reduction ballot measure
“A report published by the Common Sense Institute, a free enterprise think tank, found that if passed, the income tax reduction “will have the effects of reducing state revenue and adding private-sector wealth,” adding that “the true impact of the tax cut will depend upon the extent to which the state government manages a tighter budget by reducing the growth in government jobs…”
The Center Square: October 1, 2020, by Derek Draplin
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Common Sense Institute drops its business-minded ballot guide
“Colorado’s Common Sense Institute rolled out the full version of its ballot guide Thursday to help business-minded voters interpret the policy questions…”
Colorado Politics: October 1, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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2020 | September

OPINION: Proposition 116 is an Equal Tax Cut For All Taxpayers
“Outside analysis by the non-partisan Common Sense Institute finds that this tax cut will expand the state’s economy and create new jobs. The only downside to the measure is that it won’t even come close to giving Coloradans back all the money the state has taken from them in recent years without consent…”
Pagosa Daily Post: September 30, 2020, by Jerry Sonnenberg
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Opinion – Proposition 116: An equal tax cut for all taxpayers
“Outside analysis by the non-partisan Common Sense Institute finds that this tax cut will expand the state’s economy and create new jobs. The only downside to the measure is that it won’t even come close to giving Coloradans back all the money the state has taken from them in recent years without consent…”
Kiowa County Press: September 29, 2020, by Jerry Sonnenberg
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OPINION: Sonnenberg calls Proposition 116 an equal tax cut for all taxpayers
“Outside analysis by the non-partisan Common Sense Institute finds that this tax cut will expand the state’s economy and create new jobs. The only downside to the measure is that it won’t even come close to giving Coloradans back all the money the state has taken from them in recent years without consent…”
The Fort Morgan Times: September 29, 2020, by Jerry Sonnenberg
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No on Prop 118; reject more bureaucracy, higher taxes, empty promises
“If the cost to employees is not compelling enough, consider the cost to employers. According to an analysis from the non-partisan Common Sense Institute (CSI), the 2019 corporate income tax net collections on businesses was $655 million. In 2025, the total premiums to be paid by employers could total over $1.34 billion. This would be an effective increase of the corporate income tax of 204%…”
Complete Colorado: September 28, 2020, by Dave Davia
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Why it May Be the Ideal Time to Repair Colorado’s Broken Transportation Funding System
“We’re probably at a risk of having the transportation system not support growth in the way it has in the past, if you leave it alone,” said Henry Sobanet, who served as budget director to both Republican and Democratic governors and has spent a yearlong fellowship at the Common Sense Institute studying transportation issues…”
Denver Business Journal: September 24, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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Colorado’s Paid Family Leave Plan Faces Scrutiny Over Cost, But Advocates Say Benefit Is Overdue
“The Common Sense Institute is a non-partisan research group that recently studied the economics behind Proposition 118. Chris Brown, the group’s research director, said his study revealed some concerns he thinks voters should be aware of….”
High Plains Public Radio: September 24, 2020, by Scott Franz
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Proposition 118 Would Raise Taxes, Hurt Businesses, According to Report
“According to a study by the nonpartisan Common Sense Institute (CSI), the insurance program could run out of money in its first year and raise taxes on Coloradans by up to nearly two percent…”
Western Wire: September 23, 2020, by Western Wire Staff
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Letter: Proposition 117 to the rescue
“According to The Common Sense Institute, a business-oriented coalition, the state budget was spending 46% or $2,403 per taxpayer outside of TABOR limits in 1993…”
Vail Daily: September 23, 2020, by Tom Henderson
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Armstrong: Payroll taxes hurt workers; the case against Prop 118
“For detailed critical analysis of Prop.118, see Dave Davia’s column and Ross Kaminsky’s radio discussion with Lisa Strunk. Here my aim is to discuss the relevant issues in more-general terms…”
Complete Colorado Page 2: September 22, 2020, by Ari Armstrong
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Could RTD’s new rail line be its last as officials debate the future of the agency?
“Ben Stein, a former Colorado Department of Transportation finance director and current Common Sense Institute fellow, questioned, however, whether the changing work patterns that have left some Denver office buildings nearly vacant change RTD’s mission too…”
Denver Business Journal: September 22, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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Gallagher repeal proponents kick off bipartisan campaign late in the game
“Regardless of the assessment rate, we pay more in property taxes every single year,” Michael Fields, the executive director of Colorado Rising State Action, told the Common Sense Institute on a panel on the amendment last Thursday…”
Colorado Politics: September 22, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Take the Time to Learn About Ballot Issues 
“I recently appeared on the Common Sense Institute podcast to talk ballot measures with my former Rocky Mountain News partner-in-crime, Ed Sealover, who works for the Denver Business Journal. Few reporters understand policy as well as Sealover and he did a great job of explaining the measures for CSI, a nonpartisan research institute “with the goal to educate and inform Coloradans on the facts related to policy proposals…”
The Denver Gazette: September 20, 2020, by Lynn Bartels
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Chris Brown on the George Brauchler Show
The George Show: September 19, 2020
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Proposition 118 Provides Colorado Voters With Important Choice On Paid Family, Medical Leave In November
“Analysts at the Common Sense Institute think that the utilization will be higher because Colorado’s program is the most generous in the country. The Institute found that if 6.5% of workers use the benefit in the first year, taking an average leave of nine and a half weeks, the program would be insolvent…”
CBS Denver: September 18, 2020, by Ryan Mayer
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Common Sense Institute release new study examining the impacts of prop.118
“We want to help inform the policy discussion around Prop. 118 to help voters and lawmakers understand the direct and indirect economic impacts” – Lisa Strunk
The Villager: September 17, 2020
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THE PODIUM | ‘Family leave’ = hefty payroll tax
“The CSI analysis finds that the new program will be insolvent almost from day one. If the program starts at a claims rate of 6.2% and an average length of leave of 9.5 weeks, the 2023 premium collections will not be sufficient to cover benefit and administrative costs in the first year of the program in 2024…”
Colorado Politics: September 16, 2020, by Dave Davia
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Register now for CWCC: State of Women in Business 2020
“This year’s State of Women in Business event will look at data showing the staggering impact this pandemic has had and will continue to have on women in business, as well as what recovery looks like. The event will feature a panel moderated by Rep. Leslie Herod (Colorado House of Representatives, District 8) and including Debbie Brown, Colorado Business Roundtable; Kristin Strohm, Common Sense Institute; Monicque Aragon, Colorado Department of Labor; and Virginia Santy, Women in Kind and S&V Partners…”
Denver7: September 16, 2020, by Denver7
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POINT | Mandated leave would sock it to employees
“According to a recent report by the non-partisan Common Sense Institute, if the program starts at a claims rate of 6.2% and an average length of leave of 9.5 weeks, the 2023 premium collections will not be sufficient to cover benefit and administrative costs in the first year of the program in 2024…”
Colorado Politics: September 15, 2020, by Mari Medrano Mejia
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Common Sense Institute to answer ballot questions online Thursday morning 
“Panelists and leaders of the Common Sense Institute will discuss the November ballot questions in a free online program Thursday morning at 7:30…”
Colorado Politics: September 15, 2020, by Colorado Politics
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POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Proposition 118: Should Colorado voters approve state-run family and medical leave insurance?
“The solvency of the program is also in question. According to a recent report by the nonpartisan Common Sense Institute, if the program starts at a claims rate of 6.2% and an average length of leave of 9.5 weeks, the 2023 premium collections will not be sufficient to cover benefit and administrative costs in the first year of the program in 2024…”
The Gazette: September 13, 2020, by Tracy duCharme and Mari Medrano Mejia
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Murrey: Yes on Proposition 116; lower income taxes for all Coloradans
In addition, outside analysis by the non-partisan Common Sense Institute estimates that the tax cut would grow the state economy by about $200 million if adopted…”
Complete Colorado: September 12, 2020, by Ben Murrey
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Report: Paid family leave program could have $1.34 billion price tag for employers in 2025
In 2025 once the program is matured, Colorado employers would pay an estimated $1.34 billion in premiums, said the report, presented Wednesday by the Common Sense Institute, a free-enterprise think tank…”
Center Square: September 9, 2020, by Derek Draplin
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Common Sense Institute finds cost high for Colorado’s paid family leave program
The nonpartisan Common Sense Institute, which doesn’t endorse or oppose ballot issues politically, crunched the numbers outside the spin on both sides and presented the analysis in a webinar attended by the business leaders who make up its membership…”
Colorado Politics: September 9, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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POINT | A Colorado tax cut? Now, more than ever
“Outside analysis by the non-partisan Common Sense Institute estimates that the tax cut would grow the state economy by about $200 million if adopted. Instead of causing a budget crisis, a vote for Proposition 116 will create new jobs and economic opportunity while helping to offset some of the new taxes the legislature does not let you vote on…”
Colorado Politics: September 9, 2020, by Ben Murrey
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Common Sense Institute to discuss paid leave online Wednesday morning
The Common Sense Institute will talk about paid family and medical leave — and what Proposition 118 could mean to Coloradans — online Wednesday morning..”
Colorado Politics: September 8, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Colorado income tax reduction measure would boost private sector, ‘magnify’ public sector’s budget woes, report says
“The report, published by the Common Sense Institute, a free enterprise think tank, developed two scenarios using “dynamic economic and state fiscal impact” modeling to estimate how many jobs would be lost or gained in the private and public sectors…”
The Center Square: September 3, 2020, by Derek Draplin
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Common Sense Institute finds net economic gain from income tax reduction
“The business-minded Common Sense Institute added up the costs and savings of Proposition 116 to reduce the state’s income tax levy from 4.63% to 4.55%…”
Colorado Politics: September 3, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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2020 | August

Denver’s sales-tax revenue falling more steeply than other Front Range cities, study says
“According to a paper released Wednesday by the Common Sense Institute, sales- and use-tax revenues in Colorado’s largest city fell 12.9% year over year between January and June, a cumulative total of $46.2 million…”
Denver Business Journal: August 27, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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Opinion | Ballot issue gives voters a veto on runaway fees
“The Common Sense Institute recently put out a study that found that since 2000, enterprise fees have risen four times faster than the General Fund…”
Colorado Politics: August 26, 2020, by Michael Fields
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Common Sense Institute finds moms paying the price for volatile Colorado job market
“Moms continue to bear the brunt of Colorado’s volatile job market, according to new research from the Common Sense Institute, which calls the recession a “shesession” as a result…”
Colorado Politics: August 26, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Mixed signals coming from Colorado unemployment numbers
“A study from the Common Sense Institute showed that a disproportionate number of female workers have left the workforce as schools have gone to distance learning and kids are at home during the day…”
Denver Business Journal: August 21, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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Op-Ed: Could the Great American Outdoors Act pave the way for a bigger deal on infrastructure?
“The recently passed Great American Outdoors Act has won high praise from across the political spectrum…”
The Center Square: August 20, 2020, by Simon Lomax
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A new rival to costly college – apprenticeship
“This month, high school graduates across Colorado will head off to college in what many view as a rite of passage. As we all know, however, due to the impact of COVID-19, this year is different…”
Colorado Politics: August 19, 2020, by Dave Davia
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Insights | Denver’s homeless solution faces the reality of recovery
“Denver’s need is not in question. Everything else is.City leaders are prepared to let November voters decide on a $40 million-a-year-sales tax to combat homelessness…”
Colorado Politics: August 12, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Cifra de desempleo en mujeres enciende las alarmas
“Desde principios del siglo 19 empezó a ser normal que las mujeres hicieran parte de la fuerza laboral.”
Noticias Ya: August 12, 2020, by noticiasya.com
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Study: Coronavirus recession hitting Colorado’s female workers harder than males
“A new report argues that the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic in Colorado are affecting women far more than men.”
9news: August 5, 2020, by 9news.com
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Study: Coronavirus recession hitting Colorado’s female workers harder than males
“In an analysis of unemployment data, the Common Sense Institute found twice the number of women as men — roughly 179,000 female professionals — have dropped out of the state’s labor force since February…”
9news: August 4, 2020, by Denver Business Journal
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HUDSON | Transportation, health care issues loom
“The week before last the pair of Federal Reserve Board Chairs who served during the recovery from the Great Recession of 2009, Republican Ben Bernanke and…”
Colorado Politics: August 3, 2020, by Miller Hudson
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Educating Through a Pandemic: From a Kansas Showdown Over Campus Closures to California’s New Tool to Measure Learning and New York’s Surge in Homeschooling Families, 11 Ways Schools & States Are Adapting to COVID-19
“As the coronavirus pandemic continues into the final months of summer, pressure is building on school districts nationwide to formulate their reopening plans.”
The 74: August 2, 2020, by Erika Ross
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The George Show
CSI Fellow Henry Sobanet joins The George Brauchler Show to discuss A Path Forward: A Common Sense Strategy for the Continued Viability of Colorado’s Transportation Network
710 KNUS: August 1, 2020, by George Brauchler
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2020 | July

Paid family leave backers turn in signatures to put initiative on Colorado’s November ballot
“Two measures also appear headed to the ballot after supporters turned in petitions this week.”
The Denver Business Journal: July 31, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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At last, a plan to address Colorado’s crumbling roads
“Despite what the Chinese calendar says, 2020 is the year of the bat, not the rat. And while the year of the bat will be defined by COVID-19, battleground election states, and battles in our nation’s streets, there are other pressing issues that require our attention too.”
Upnewsinfo: July 30, 2020, by Matilda Coleman
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Both Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper claim credit for Colorado’s economy. But how much do they deserve?
“The state’s economy has boomed over the past decade. The reasons behind that growth are complicated.”
The Colorado Sun: July 30, 2020, by Even Ochsner
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Friednash: At last, a plan to address Colorado’s crumbling road
“Despite what the Chinese calendar says, 2020 is the year of the bat, not the rat.  And while the year of the bat will be defined by COVID-19, battleground election states, and battles in our nation’s streets, there are other pressing issues that require our attention too.”
The Denver Post: July 30, 2020, by Doug Friednash
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Guest Commentary: COVID-19 could reverse a generation of progress for Colorado women
“As the effects of COVID-19 on the workforce began to emerge in the early stages, we knew based on the struggling voices of our membership at the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, that women were going to be disproportionately affected by the virus.”
The Denver Post: July 27, 2020, by Kristin Strohm and Kristen Blessman
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The George Show
CSI Fellow Henry Sobanet joins The George Brauchler Show to discuss the latest CSI transportation study
710 KNUS: July 25, 2020, by George Brauchler
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Report: Colorado’s transportation infrastructure not keeping up
The state of Colorado transportation Covered by reporter Eric Lupher, the story aired throughout the morning news.
KMGH 7: July 23, 2020, by Eric Lupher
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Colorado highway experts untie knots in transportation’s future
“Colorado’s transportation system has been idling at the crossroads of growth and politics for a long time.”
Colorado Politics: July 23, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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The $600 federal unemployment benefit is ending. Here’s what that means for out-of-work Coloradans.
“The state added 100,000 workers to the labor force in June, a recovery of about 37% of jobs lost between February and April. But coronavirus infections are on the rise, and new safety restrictions are being enacted.”
The Colorado Sun: July 22, 2020, by Tamara Chuang
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INSIGHTS | Charter schools are a mixed bag for Colorado learning and politics
“The case for charter schools in Colorado is one of the heart more than the mind, more your tastes and wants than needs and numbers.”
Colorado Politics: July 20, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Should schools reopen for full-time in-person instruction this fall?
“We can reopen schools in a way that keeps students, teachers, and the broader…”
The Gazette: July 19, 2020, by Monica Colbert and Anton Schulzki
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The George Show
CSI President Kristin Strohm joins host George Brauchler to discuss the latest unemployment numbers and the economic impact on women in the workforce
710 KNUS: July 18, 2020, by George Brauchler
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Digging Into the Data on Colorado Charter Schools
“Researchers across the country have found that charter schools can be particularly effective at raising student achievement and improving outcomes for students of color, and Colorado’s graduation rates data reflects this as well.”
The Villager: July 16, 2020, page 9, by Dr. Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner
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The George Show
Dr. Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner joins The George Brauchler Show to discuss the latest CSI study, Digging into the Data on Charter Schools.
710 KNUS: July 11, 2020, by George Brauchler
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CO charter schools produce excellent results for minority kids
CSI Fellow Dr. Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner joins the Ross Kaminsky show to discuss Digging Into the Data on Colorado Charter Schools, an in-depth look at graduation rates for students of color.
630 KHOW Talk Radio: July 10, 2020, by Ross Kaminsky
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Common Sense Institute report to examine role of charter schools
“The Common Sense Institute will hold a webinar Thursday on its latest financial analysis of public policy. ‘Digging into the Data on Colorado Charter Schools’ is authored by the Colorado think tank’s education fellow, Dr. Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner.”
Colorado Politics: July 8, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Colorado’s Working Women Being Affected Disproportionately By Coronavirus
“A new study out of Greenwood Village is painting a grim picture. It shows the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected Colorado’s working women.”
CBS Denver 4: July 8, 2020, by Mekialaya White
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Report: Colorado women hit twice as hard by unemployment during pandemic
“More than twice as many women than men dropped out of the labor force in Colorado while the COVID-19 pandemic forced business closures and layoffs earlier this year, according to a new analysis.”
Colorado Politics: July 7, 2020, by Michael Karlik
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POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Initiative 295: Yes or no?
“The cost of living in Colorado is on the rise.”
The Gazette: July 5, 2020, by Michael Fields and Marc Snyder
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Independents Day: A holiday salute to those Colorado leaders who march to their own beat
“These days in politics, there are few surprised. Party doctrine guides the votes of government.”
Colorado Politics: July 4, 2020, by Joey Bunch and Alayna Alvarez
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Common Sense Institute Examines Initiative 295
“This month, Common Sense Institute launched a series of studies to examine the 2020 ballot.”
The Villager: July 2, 2020, page 11
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2020 | June

As Colorado counties debate welcoming visitors, they also get the chance to opt out of tourism promotion
“In an unprecedented move, counties can opt out of Colorado’s tourism-promotion efforts if they are not ready to receive visitors again.”
The Denver Business Journal: June 20, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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Kafer: Voters need to end the Taxpayer Bill of Rights runaround
“Initiative 295 would stop the most egregious abuses of fees”
The Denver Post: June 26, 2020, by Krista Kafer
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LEGISLATURE WRAPUP | In a bizarre, broken session, Colorado lawmakers make history
“The 71st Colorado General Assembly completed its abbreviated session on Monday, marked by masks, protests, outside the building and angst over losing ground on programs and…”
Colorado Politics: June 19, 2020, by Marianne Goodland and Joey Bunch
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Common Sense Institute charts the rise in fees against taxes
“The Common Sense Institute applied its calculations to a potential November ballot question on requiring voter approval for raising major fees — those that would generate $100 million or more in the first five years — under the state Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.”
Colorado Politics: June 18, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Colorado’s coronavirus outbreaks and economic hardships locally disjointed, study says
“Coronavirus and economic hardships aren’t necessarily next-door neighbors in Colorado, according to an analysis this week by the Common Sense Institute think tank.”
The Gazette: June 17, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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OPINION | Keeping Colorado business friendly depends on strong policies
“As CEOs of chambers of commerce, our work boils down to one goal: putting Coloradans to work. Unfortunately, the Colorado Legislature has made that very difficult right now.”
Colorado Politics: June 15, 2020, by Dirk D. Draper and Kelly Brough
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Proposals that could mean $4 billion in new taxes, fees draw concern from business groups
“Several potential ballot measures and legislative proposals being considered in Colorado could result in a $4 billion total increase in taxes and fees, according to an analysis by the Common Sense Institute.”
Kiowa County Press: June 12, 2020, by Derek Draplin | The Center Square
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More taxes, regs & fees will stifle our recovery
“Since the start of the pandemic, Colorado’s unemployment rate has climbed to over 11%, and nearly 250,000 are filing for unemployment insurance.”
Colorado Politics: June 12, 2020, by Buz Koelbel
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Proposals that could mean $4 billion in new taxes, fees draw concern from business groups
“Several potential ballot measures and legislative proposals being considered in Colorado could result in a $4 billion total increase in taxes and fees, according to an analysis by the Common Sense Institute.”
The Center Square: June 11, 2020, by Derek Draplin
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Business community protests slew of bills before Legislature
“The state’s business leaders lashed out at Colorado lawmakers Wednesday over a slew of bills they are considering that they say could lead to job losses and business closures.”
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, June 11, 2020, by Charles Ashby
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Legislature plans to bury us in taxes
“Never has one simple fact been so clear. Businesses fund everything. When shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19, the state government went …”
Colorado Springs Gazette: June 10, 2020, by The Gazette editorial board
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26 business groups implore Colorado lawmakers to hit brakes on bills that could bring ‘eye-popping costs’ to employers
“A Common Sense Institute study identifies $4.16 billion in potential new costs to businesses from just two bills, two ballot initiatives and a coming increase in unemployment-insurance fees.”
Denver Business Journal: June 10, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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Statewide chamber leaders air concerns about pending Colorado legislation
“Statewide chamber leaders air concerns about pending Colorado legislation”
Colorado Politics: June 10, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Colorado business leaders express concern about lawmakers’ impact on COVID-19 financial recovery
“With only two scheduled days remaining in the 2020 legislative session, state lawmakers are scrambling to push proposed bills through the process — and that worries the statewide business community.”
KRDO TV: June 10, 2020, by Scott Harrison
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2020 | May

Economic forecast presents lots of challenges
“On May 21, the Common Sense Institute (CSI), held its regular Eggs and the Economy breakfast meeting remotely. CSI provided important facts and figures to help understand what lies ahead for business and government in the next two years.”
The Villager: May 28, 2020, page 2, by Freda Miklin
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Colorado Gets A Reprieve From The Public Option. All Americans Should Be So Lucky.
“Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Colorado lawmakers have shelved their plan to overhaul the state’s healthcare system and implement a public health insurance option.”
Forbes: May 26, 2020, by Sally Pipes
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State budget cuts will impact Aspen schools
“With the state eying $3.3 billion in cuts that will include education funding, leaders at the Aspen School District are backing off previously planned capital expenditures as well as the purchase of new buses, while employment attrition also is on the table.”
The Aspen Times, May 17, 2020, by Rick Carroll
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Colorado lawmakers face gargantuan task: Find $3.3B in budget cuts
“Where do you find $3.3 billion?”
The Gazette: May 17, 2020, by Marianne Goodland and Joey Bunch
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ROAD TO RECOVERY | Next steps: testing; convening the best minds
“When legislators converge on the Capitol for an extraordinary convening of the General Assembly later this month, it won’t just be lobbyists and reporters paying attention. History will be watching, too.”
Colorado Politics: May 11, 2020, by Kristin Strohm
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ROAD TO RECOVERY | An altered terrain for transportation
“Although we don’t yet know when we will emerge from its economic and health disruptions, we do know that COVID-19 has dramatically reshaped transportation in two major ways: behavior and resources.”
Colorado Politics: May 11, 2020, by Henry Sobanet and Ben Stein
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Report: Colorado public health coverage option could lead the service cuts, diminished access to care
“A newly released report by a Colorado policy think tank found that a public health coverage option for the state could restrict access to care and diminish the overall quality of care.”
The Center Square: May 8, 2020, by Michael McGrady
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GUEST COLUMN: The new norm in education: Uncertainty
The Gazette: May 6, 2020, by Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner and Luke Ragland
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Dr. Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner on The George Show
710 KNUS The George Show: May 2, 2020, with George Brauchler
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2020 | April

Common Sense Policy Roundtable weighs pandemic’s blow to learning
“The Colorado-based Common Sense Policy Roundtable are looking at the global pandemic’s impact on education in a white paper called ‘Putting Students First: Strategies to Mitigate the COVID Slide’ Thursday morning.”
Colorado Politics: April 30, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Colorado lawmakers are looking at how to close a $3 billion budget shortfall. Here’s the roadmap.
“The Joint Budget Committee will begin reviewing recommendations for spending cuts this week to rewrite the $30 billion state budget”
The Colorado Sun: April 27, 2020, by John Frank
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Colorado lawmakers are looking at how to close a $3 billion budget shortfall. Here’s the roadmap.
“The Joint Budget Committee will begin reviewing recommendations for spending cuts this week to rewrite the $30 billion state budget”
The Colorado Sun: April 27, 2020, by John Frank
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Common Sense Policy Roundtable takes a fresh look at Colorado’s economy
“The Common Sense Policy Roundtable put some numbers and analysis to the question on a lot of people’s minds these days: Is Colorado built for a recession?”
Colorado Politics: April 15, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Op-Ed: Colorado led the nation out of the last recession. We can do it again
“Thanks to the heroism of hospital workers, grocery store staff, warehouse employees, delivery drivers and so many others, we are slowly but surely winning the war against COVID-19.”
The Center Square: April 13, 2020, by Simon Lomax
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What’s next? Lawmakers, industry leaders and officials give their best guess
“It’s not hyperbolic to say that the coronavirus pandemic has upended every aspect of Colorado life.”
Colorado Politics: April 12, 2020, by the Colorado Politics Staff
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Bennet, experts examine fiscal gains and losses under coronavirus
“U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet says Colorado is in the same plight as the nation when it comes to problems and solutions related to the global pandemic.”
Colorado Politics: April 3, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Colorado sees more than 200% increase in unemployment claims
“Unemployment claims in Colorado increased by more than 200 percent in one week, according to federal data released Thursday.”
The Center Square: April 2, 2020, by Derek Draplin
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2020 | March

Chris Brown on the economic impact of #coronavirus on Colorado
630 KHOW, March 26, 2020, The Ross Kaminsky Show
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Colorado unemployment claims increase by over 17,000 in one week
“The number of unemployment claims filed in Colorado last week increased by over 17,000 claims from the prior week, according to seasonally unadjusted numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor. “
The Center Square: March 26, 2020, by Derek Draplin
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Coronavirus could cost Colorado 180,000 jobs, report says
“The economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak could lead to 180,000 jobs lost in Colorado, according to a scenario in a recent report.”
The Center Square: March 25, 2020, by Derek Draplin
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The effects of coronavirus on Colorado businesses may be underestimated, study says
“A 50% drop in sales in just four sectors could reduce personal income by more than $9 billion in Colorado.”
The Denver Business Journal: March 25, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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COVER STORY | The women behind the women who lead
“March is Women’s history Month, but the women who inspire Colorado aren’t just in the history books. They walk among us every day.”
Colorado Politics: March 25, 2020, by Colorado Politics Staff
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Boulder-area officials gaining clarity on upcoming public health, economic impacts of coronavirus
“Boulder and regional officials are beginning to see a clearer picture of the impacts on health care systems and local economies likely to be hammered by the novel coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks and months.”
Boulder Daily Camera: March 24, 2020, by Sam Lounsberry
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Boulder-area officials gaining clarity on upcoming public health, economic impacts of coronavirus
“Boulder and regional officials are beginning to see a clearer picture of the impacts on health care systems and local economies likely to be hammered by the novel coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks and months.”
Colorado Daily: March 24, 2020, by Sam Lounsberry
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Coronavirus in Colorado | Full Coverage
“Novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, arrived in Colorado earlier this month, with the first positive case being reported in Summit County on Thursday, March 5.”
The Gazette: March 24, 2020
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Coronavirus in Colorado | Live updates – 192 new cases reported; second EPCSO deputy tests positive
“This article is updated multiple times a day with coronavirus news from Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and elsewhere in Colorado — and along with other COVID-19-related stories is free as a public service to non-subscribers of The Gazette.”
The Gazette: March 24, 2020
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‘A time of incredible uncertainty’: Roundtable estimates a 183K job loss from coronavirus
“Colorado could lose half its jobs in retail, recreation and entertainment, according to a new analysis of the coronavirus fallout from the Common Sense Policy Roundtable.”
Colorado Politics: March 24, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Catastrophic job losses in Colorado forecast in retail, recreation and entertainment
“Colorado could lose half its jobs in retail, recreation and entertainment, according to a new analysis of the coronavirus fallout from the Common Sense Policy Roundtable.”
Out There Colorado: March 24, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Research & Commentary: The closer a Colorado resident lives to a drill site, the more likely they are to support hydraulic fracturing
“Those Living Closest To Drill Sites Have Best Understanding Of What Those Sites Entail”
The Heartland Institute: March 6, 2020, by Tim Benson
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2020 | February

Op-Ed: In Colorado, public-option sales pitch hides higher costs
“If you follow national politics, you’ve heard a lot about the so-called public option in the Democratic presidential primary. It’s a government-controlled health plan designed to undercut private insurance.”
The Center Square: February 6, 2020, by Simon Lomax
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Legislature aims for changes to help reduce health care costs
“MaryAnne Brown couldn’t be more pleased with the new cost of her health care plan.”
The Daily Sentinel: February 2, 2020, by Charles Ashby
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2020 | January

Common Sense Policy Roundtable examines public option
“The Common Sense Policy Roundtable put its eyes on Colorado proposed public option health insurance to see who could save and who could spend more through untintended…”
Colorado Politics: January 29, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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Politics Unplugged-Common Sense Policy Roundtable
“Henry Sobanet and Kristin Strohm from the Common Sense Policy Roundtable join Anne Trujillo for a discussion on CSPR’s focus for the year—transportation infrastructure.”
Yahoo! News: January 27, 2020, KMGH – Denver Scripps
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Megan Garn, Community Engagement Manager at Common Sense Policy Roundtable
“In her new position, Garn will focus on promoting CSPR research and managing events for the organization.”
The Denver Business Journal: January 22, 2020
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Rep. Roberts braces for public-option insurance battle
“AVON — With a pitched battle brewing in the state legislature over his signature “public option” health insurance bill…”
Steamboat Pilot & Today: January 21, 2020, by David O. Williams
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Avon’s Dylan Roberts braces for public-option insurance battle
“With a pitched battle brewing in the state legislature over his signature ‘public option’ health insurance bill (HB19-1004) from last session, state Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, is urging calm before the coming storm.”
Vail Daily: January 20, 2020, by David O. Williams
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4 Denver-area mayors talk solutions to the metro’s growing pains
The annual Denver Business Journal event was held on Jan. 15 and featured the mayors of Denver, Aurora, Lakewood and Thornton.
The Denver Business Journal: January 15, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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The State of the Cities: Mayors Forum
“Join us for a candid conversation with metro-area mayors in an unscripted panel discussion addressing the challenges and opportunities of the region’s explosive growth, including affordability, land use regulation and quality of life.”
The Denver Business Journal: January 15, 2020 at 7:00am
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Colorado Legislature convenes under shadow of growth-halting initiative
“While leaders at the Capitol won’t try to address Initiative 122 directly, they will be mindful of passing bills that address issues created by growth.”
The Denver Business Journal: January 8, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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Henry Sobanet, Ben Stein named Common Sense fellows
“Two veteran Colorado government money managers are joining the Common Sense Policy Roundtable as Terry J. Stevinson Fellows, who are tasked with examining the critical issues facing Colorado and coming up with achievable solutions.”
Colorado Politics: January 7, 2020, by Joey Bunch
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5 key issues for businesses in the 2020 Colorado legislative session
“From paid family leave to planned legal reforms around sexual harassment, business leaders expect to be on the defensive this year.”
The Denver Business Journal: January 6, 2020, by Ed Seealover
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EDITORIAL: Legislators seek to impose a state health care plan
“Expect to hear a lot about the “public option” for health insurance, after the Colorado Legislature convenes Wednesday.”
The Gazette: January 3, 2020, by The Gazette editorial board
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TRANSPORTATION ‘TIPPING POINT’
“After three ballot failures in two years, the conversation is evolving to include new funding options. But are they enough to produced a solution for an outdated, overcrowded transportation infrastructure?”
The Denver Business Journal, January 2, 2020, by Ed Sealover
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Politicos gaze into their best crystal ball to predict 2020
“What’s on tap for 2020? We asked dozens of Colorado politicos to give us their best — or, at least, most entertaining — notions of what’s to come.”
Colorado Politics: January 1, 2020, by Colorado Politics staff
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2019

PERSPECTIVE: Lawmakers poised to give oil and gas a rest in 2020
“The 2019 legislative session was about passing laws that could indirectly throttle oil and gas production in Colorado.”
The Gazette: December 29, 2019, by Joey Bunch and Marianne Goodland
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2020 Session – Colorado Legislative Policy Briefs: Healthcare
“Brief #1: Opposing the Colorado Public Option Bill; Brief #2: Proposals to Boost Patient Access to Care”
Millennial Policy Center: December 27, 2019
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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW | Lawmakers poised to give oil and gas a rest in 2020
“The 2019 legislative session was about passing laws that could indirectly throttle oil and gas production in Colorado.”
Colorado Politics: December 24, 2019, by Joey Bunch and Marianne Goodland
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Coloradans promised lower health care costs, but it’s not as simple as it sounds
“Gov. Jared Polis is pulling every lever to save people money on health care, one of his signature promises to win office last year.”
The Gazette: December 21, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Think tank: Polis executive order sets less aggressive emissions goals for state government than private sector
“This is exactly what’s wrong with government.”
NoCo Today
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Think tank: Polis executive order sets less aggressive emissions goals for state government than private sector
“Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order that he says will reduce state government’s carbon footprint while saving taxpayer dollars.”
The Center Square: December 19, 2019, by Derek Draplin
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Colorado state government ‘spending more money per person,’ think tank says of 20-year review
“Colorado’s budget has grown significantly over the last 20 years, according to a budget analysis from a Colorado think tank.”
The Center Square: December 18, 2019, by Derek Draplin
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COVER STORY | Cutting Colorado healthcare costs promises a legislative fight
“Gov. Jared Polis is pulling every lever to save people money on health care, one of his signature promises to win office last year.”
Colorado Politics: December 18, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Common Sense Policy Roundtable drops 20-year CO state budget analysis
“The Common Sense Policy Roundtable has a smart, concise look at how the Colorado state budget has evolved over the last two-decades.”
My Mountain Town: December 11, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Common Sense Policy Roundtable drops 20-year budget analysis
“The Common Sense Policy Roundtable has a smart, concise look at how the Colorado state budget has evolved over the last two-decades.”
Colorado Politics: December 11, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Guest Commentary: A public option health insurance program could cost Coloradans too much
“Last month the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing submitted to lawmakers a final proposal for a public option insurance program run by the state.”
The Denver Post: December 9, 2019, by Rob Hernandez and Scott McInnis
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SPONSORED CONTENT: Plan puts Colorado Health care at risk
“Introduced by Gov. Jared Polis’ administration in October, the public option is a new type of insurance plan that will significantly expand the role of state government within Colorado’s health care industry.”
Colorado Politics: November 21, 2019, by Tim Brown
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Northern Colorado business community discusses health care, environment and more at Regional Issues Summit
“Members of the region’s business community discussed health care, energy, transportation and other issues crucial to Colorado at the Regional Issues Summit, hosted by the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance at the Embassy Suites in Loveland on Tuesday.”
Loveland Reporter-Herald: November 21, 2019, by Carina Julig
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Health care public option debated at NoCo forum
“Colorado legislators will see a public option for health care when the session ramps up in January, but it would be a mistake to call the plan a single-payer, Medicare-for-all plan.”
BizWest: November 19, 2019, by Ken Amundson
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The Colorado Springs Gazette: Teachers and schools need more oil and gas
“Coloradans want better K-12 schools and higher teacher pay. The greatest promise of more school funding comes directly from the production of traditional energy.”
Colorado Politics: November 15, 2019
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EDITORIAL: Teachers and schools need more oil and gas
“Coloradans want better K-12 schools and higher teacher pay. The greatest promise of more school funding comes directly from the production of traditional energy.”
The Gazette: November 15, 2019, by The Gazette Editorial Board
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Oil and gas development would mean more property tax revenue for Front Range local governments, study says
“Oil and gas developments in several Front Range municipalities could mean up to $1.85 billion in new property tax revenue over the next decade, according to a study released this week.”
The Center Square: November 13, 2019, by Derek Draplin
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Common Sense Policy Roundtable figures up tax loss of curbing oil and gas
“The Common Sense Policy Roundtable put a price tag on limiting oil and gas development in five Front Range municipalities Tuesday: up to $1.85 billion in new local property taxes over the next 10 years.”
Colorado Politics: November 12, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Common Sense Policy Roundtable figures up tax loss of curbing oil and gas
“The Common Sense Policy Roundtable put a price tag on limiting oil and gas development in five Front Range municipalities Tuesday: up to $1.85 billion in new local property taxes over the next 10 years.”
Colorado Politics: November 12, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Study: Oil And Gas Development To Boost Front Range Property Tax Revenue By Up To $2 Billion In Coming Decade
“Up to nearly $2 billion in property taxes from oil and natural gas development is projected over the next decade for a handful of five municipalities along Colorado’s Front Range, according to a new study from the Common Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR).”
Western Wire: November 12, 2019, by Michael Sandoval
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OPINION | Polis admin’s public option: how NOT to expand health coverage
“The distinction seems obvious, but is so infrequently made that it is necessary every now and again to state it — that is, between ‘heath care’ and ‘health insurance.'”
Colorado Politics: October 24, 2019, by Kelly Sloan
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Colorado’s think tanks put ideas into action
“George Sparks still carries himself like a titan of industry—a straight spine, a firm handshake and a purposeful gait as he greets a journalist and makes his way through…”
Colorado Politics: October 23, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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See who’s made the biggest contributions to support and oppose Proposition CC 
“The bill putting Proposition CC onto the ballot passed the Legislature earlier this year on an almost completely party-line vote, and funding for the “No on CC” campaign shows a similar split along party lines.”
Denver Business Journal: October 15, 2019, by Ed Sealover
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Proposition CC: The TABOR debate hits the ballot
“Over the next few weeks, Coloradans will decide if they’re willing to put more of their tax money into education and transportation.”
Colorado Politics: October 15, 2019, by Joey Bunch and Marianne Goodland
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Prop CC study says restrained government spending ‘more useful’ in recession than increased funding
“A new study detailing the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and an upcoming ballot measure claims that restrained government spending from the constitutional amendment would be “more useful” in a recession than increased funding for government programs.”
The Center Square: October 14, 2019, by Derek Draplin
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Chris Brown on a “public option” insurance plan in Colorado
“Here’s the important research report about the likely harmful impact of Democrats’ “public option” plan, and how it will likely do great damage to private health insurance in Colorado”
630 KHOW, The Ross Kaminsky Show: October 14, 2019
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Governor weighs in, for the better, on paid-leave proposals
“Having absorbed so many bullets last legislative session, it’s difficult for business owners in the state to recall the ones which were dodged.”
Colorado Politics: October 10, 2019, by Kelly Sloan
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Colorado officials hold 1st hearing on public health-insurance plan
“State officials began efforts Tuesday to show off Colorado’s first public option health insurance plan, starting with an 8:30 a.m. presentation in Denver at the History Colorado Center.”
Colorado Politics: October 8, 2019, by Marianne Goodland
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Colorado officials hold first hearing on public health-insurance option
“State officials began efforts Tuesday to show off Colorado’s first public option health insurance plan, starting with an 8:30 a.m. presentation in Denver at the state history museum.”
The Gazette: October 8, 2019, by Marianne Goodland
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Colorado health organizations split between praise and criticism for new public-option plan
“Some see the plan as promising, while others worry it will ‘significantly damage’ the health insurance market in the state.”
Denver Business Journal: October 8, 2019, by Jensen Werley
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Colorado officials reveal public option proposal during meeting with hospitals, providers
“Colorado health officials revealed the state’s proposal to develop a public health insurance option in Colorado.”
Fox 31/Channel 2: October 8, 2019, by Joe St. George
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Simon Lomax named energy fellow for Common Sense Policy Roundtable
“A former journalist who has been doing research for business interests, particularly on oil-and-gas issues, is joining the Common Sense Policy Roundtable think tank.”
Colorado Politics: September 27, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Denver City Council to weigh in on Proposition CC targeting TABOR revenue
“The Denver City Council could make an official push next Monday for the passage of a statewide ballot measure that would result in more funding for transportation and education in Colorado.”
Colorado Politics: September 25, 2019, by Rachel Riley
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New report finds that public health care option may hurt Colorado economy
“A new report from the REMI Partnership finds that a public-insurance option may cost thousands of Colorado health care workers their jobs and harm the state’s economy.”
State of Reform: September 20, 2019, by Emily Viles
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Dr. Brenda Bausch Dickhoner on education funding problems in Colorado
The Ross Kaminsky Show: September 20, 2019
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Colorado public health care option could hurt economy, says business group’s report
“A public-insurance option could cost thousands of Colorado health care workers their jobs and harm the state’s economy, a study by a business-affiliated group says.”
Colorado Politics: September 12, 2019, by Caitlin Curley
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Colorado public-option insurance plan could cost health-care jobs, study argues
“State officials say, however, that the study is based on the assumption that a plan they are drafting will limit compensation to health-care providers — a decision that hasn’t been made yet.”
Denver Business Journal: September 10, 2019, by Ed Sealover
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Study Assesses State Health Care Option Impact on Business
“A study was released today by a Colorado group called the REMI Partnership (Regional Economic Models, Inc.) that projects some of the possible impacts on business of the so-called public option for health care.”
Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce: September 10, 2019
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Common Sense Policy Roundtable releases education funding study
“While K-12 education funding is at an all-time high in Colorado, structural flaws in the system create inequities for local taxpayers and the amount of funding distributed to school districts.”
Colorado Children’s Campaign: September 6, 2019, by Leslie Colwell
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How do school funding and student readiness match up in Colorado?
“K-12 funding in Colorado is at an all-time high, but still more than one-third of students entering higher education are ill-prepared.”
The Gazette: August 31, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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How do school funding and student readiness match up in Colorado?
“K-12 funding in Colorado is at an all-time high, but still more than one-third of students entering higher education are ill-prepared.”
Colorado Politics: August 28, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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COPO SPECIAL REPORT | Shaping Colorado’s energy future
“At a long table in Greenwood Village’s Il Fornaio restaurant, Charlie McNeil sketched out a diagram showing how the technology of drilling for oil and gas is making it safer, cheaper and more productive than ever.”
Colorado Politics: July 31, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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People on the Move: Dave Davia
“’We are pleased to announce Dave Davia as a new CSPR Board Member,’ said Kristin Strohm, CSPR President and CEO.”
Denver Business Journal: July 8, 2019
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Growth-control measure passes in Lakewood
“Now that local voters have passed a 1% cap on growth in Lakewood, Question 200’s chief proponent, Cathy Kentner, says it’s time to prove those with doomsday warnings were completely wrong.”
Colorado Politics: July 3, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Lakewood Residents to Vote on Initiative 200
“This week, Lakewood residents will receive ballots for a July 2 election to vote on Initiative 200, a measure that would impose a 1 percent growth-cap on its city of roughly 155,000 people and also require city approval for larger projects.”
Mile High CRE: June 12, 2019
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Opponents blast proposed Lakewood growth cap, say it would scare away investment and increase home prices
“Proponents of the initiative say the cap will keep the cost of living in check, but business leaders say the opposite will occur.”
Denver Business Journal: June 12, 2019, by Andrew Dodson
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Lakewood growth initiative will be costly to taxpayers, says business group’s study
“A new study supported by a metro Denver business partnership says Lakewood’s July 2 ballot question to limit growth to 1% a year will lead to higher property taxes to pay for city services.”
Colorado Politics: June 11, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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INSIGHTS | Colorado GOP is losing the war for women
“The ‘war on women’ began as more pomp than circumstance in the political theater, but if there’s a war for women, the Republican Party is losing.”
Colorado Politics: June 10, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Latest emissions mandates would repeal the Industrial Revolution
“Democratic lawmakers promised their base that they would Do Something regarding climate change.”
Colorado Politics: June 6, 2019, by Kelly Sloan
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Experts speak to ‘Common Sense’ about Colorado legislature, economy
“The Common Sense Policy Roundtable took a pragmatic review of the past legislative session during a breakfast in Greenwood Village on Tuesday.”
Colorado Politics: May 21, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Despite the defeat of Initiative 300, homelessness in Denver remains a top business concern
“The initiative, defeated this week, would have reversed the camping ban in Denver. But homelessness remains a problem for local businesses.”
Denver Business Journal: May 9, 2019, by Monica Vendituoli
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Denver’s controversial Initiative 300 fails in early election results
“The ‘Right to Survive’ initiative would have reversed the city’s camping ban.”
Denver Business Journal: May 7, 2019, by Monica Vendituoli
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COVER STORY 2 | Meet key influencers at the Colorado Capitol
“Who stands out among the Capitol’s influencers?”
Colorado Politics: April 30, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Meet 13 key Colorado Capitol influencers
“Who stands out among the Capitol’s influencers?”
The Gazette: April 28, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Colorado business leaders gear up for next family-leave battle as sponsors pledge ‘homework up front’
“Sponsors of the bill turned it from a mandatory new program to a series of studies Wednesday.”
Denver Business Journal: April 25, 2019, by Ed Sealover
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Colorado Democratic senators pump brakes on paid family leave program
“Senators had concerns about whether the proposed paid family leave program could pay for itself”
The Colorado Independent: April 24, 2019, by John Herrick
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Colorado Senate Democrats shelve family leave program for study
“Faced with business opposition, Democrats behind a paid family leave proposal for Colorado have pulled the program to opt for a study.”
Colorado Politics: April 24, 2019, by Joey Bunch
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Business leaders cheer as sponsors put brakes on Colorado paid-family-leave bill
“The bill was seen originally as a slam dunk for Democrats, but the level of pushback was surprising to some more moderate members of the Senate caucus.”
Denver Business Journal: April 24, 2019, by Ed Sealover
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Major changes could be coming to Colorado paid-family-leave bill in vote Wednesday
“Sponsors scramble to assure skeptics of the soundness of the program as business groups pressure potential swing votes.”
Denver Business Journal: April 24, 2019, by Ed Sealover
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Polis expresses concerns about funding of Colorado’s proposed paid-family-leave program 
“Senate Bill 188 is expected to be debated Tuesday on the Senate floor.”
Denver Business Journal: April 23, 2019, by Ed Sealover
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New memo increases debate over potential insolvency of Colorado’s paid-family-leave program
“A bill to create the program is slated for debate on the Senate floor Thursday.”
Denver Business Journal: April 18, 2019, by Ed Sealover
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CU Regent Heidi Ganahl Endorses Trump
“The red meat was indeed raw and juicy at the Colorado Republican Central Committee meeting last month.”
Colorado Times Recorder: April 10, 2019, by Erik Maulbetsch
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New report highlights financial risks of the FAMLI Leave bill
“A new report released today by the REMI Partnership analyzes the cost and risk of financial insolvency for Senate Bill 188, the paid family leave bill.”
The Colorado Chamber Blog: April 9, 2019
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New version of paid family leave proposal has employees paying more
“DENVER — A paid family leave bill is one the major pillars of Democratic agenda at the Colorado State Capitol this year. With fewer than 20 days to go in the session, lawmakers are re-writing the bill.”
Fox31: April 9, 2019, by Joe St. George
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Bill to create state run insurance program to help employees
Buz Koelbel talks to Reporter Shaun Boyd
KCNC News4: April 9, 2019, by Shaun Boyd
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Paid family leave plan advances in Colorado Senate after rocky rollout
“The bill looks different after a crucial committee vote. Changes include a bigger employee contribution.”
The Denver Post: April 9, 2019, by Nic Garcia
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Business leaders speak out on Denver’s controversial Initiative 300
The ordinance would allow homeless camps, sparking fiery debate within the community.
Denver Business Journal: April 9, 2019, by Monica Vendituoli
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Questions surround Tuesday’s crucial vote on Colorado paid-family-leave bill
“As backers and opponents question each other’s numbers, a new study asks if funding assumptions are too conservative.”
Denver Business Journal: April 9, 2019 by Ed Sealover
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Senate Bill 181: REMI Study from CSPR
“Chris Brown, Director of Policy and Research at Common Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR) joins us to talk about the latest REMI Study CSPR released on Senate Bill 181.”
Colorado Business Roundtable: April 2, 2019, by Alex Hopkins
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COVER STORY | Debate over Denver’s streets: As homelessness grips the city, voters ponder scrapping camping ban
“Denver voters are set to decide a groundbreaking referendum that would repeal the city’s ban on homeless camping and allow people to live on the street.”
Colorado Politics: April 2, 2019, by John C. Ensslin
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OPINION | Well-intended Initiative 300 will backfire on Denver’s homeless — and on the rest of us
“300 represents unprecedented and broad sweeping policy changes that will tangibly restrict our ability to deliver critical resources to homeless people and would have an immense impact on Denver and our state.”
Colorado Politics: March 29, 2019, by Sabrina Zunker and Jack Graham
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EDITORIAL: Denver Issue 300 leaves our homeless in the cold
“Denver’s deceptive “Right to Survive” Issue 300 threatens to harm the homeless, the state’s economy and some of Colorado’s finest urban spaces.”
The Gazette: March 26, 2019, by The Gazette editorial board
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EDITORIAL: Denver Issue 300 leaves our homeless in the cold
“Denver’s deceptive “Right to Survive” Issue 300 threatens to harm the homeless, the state’s economy and some of Colorado’s finest urban spaces.”
Colorado Politics: March 26, 2019, by The Gazette editorial board
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Krista talks to Walter “Buz” Koelbel Jr on Senate Bill 181 pending in CO GA
630 KHOW: March 25, 2019, Krista Kafer Show
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What will oil and gas reform mean for Colorado?
“Two scenarios: One of harmony, another of economic devastation”
The Journal: March 20, 2019, by Ryan Maye Handy
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New Colorado Regulatory Push Could Again Imperil State Jobs, Economy
“Though Colorado has set the gold standard for state regulation of natural gas and oil, some don’t think that’s enough.”
Energy API: March 20, 2019, by Mark Green
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Chris Brown, of the CSPR, on the economic impacts of SB-181 in Colorado
The team sits down with Chris Brown, director of policy & research at Common Sense Policy Roundtable, to discuss what the passage of SB-181 could mean for energy producers in Colorado and consumers around the country.
Institute for Energy Research: March 20, 2019
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What will oil and gas reform mean for Colorado?
Two scenarios: One of harmony, another of economic devastation
The Durango Herald: March 19, 2019, by Ryan Maye Handy
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Buz Koelbel with The Common Sense Policy Roundtable joins Ross Kaminsky
630 KHOW: March 18, 2019
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How would new regulations impact the oil and gas industry in Colorado? Here’s what we know.
One of the most debated points of the Colorado legislation is its economic impact, but both sides acknowledge they don’t know all the answers
The Colorado Sun: March 18, 2019, by John Frank
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Research & Commentary: Oil and Gas Regulation Overhaul Bill would have Deleterious Effect on Colorado Economy
Proposal Would Be De Facto Moratorium On All New Drilling Activity
The Heartland Institute: March 12, 2019, by Tim Benson
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Will legislature ignore the will of the voters — and wreck our energy economy?
“Just four short months ago, voters said no to a ban that would have devastated the oil and gas industry in Colorado. Proposition 112 was defeated by a decisive margin of 12 points.”
Colorado Politics: March 11, 2019, by Robin Wise
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‘This is a job killer’: Colorado oil and gas reform threatens to slow state economy, industry says
Outcry spreads as sweeping drilling reforms clear another committee.
Denver Business Journal: March 8, 2019, by Greg Avery
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Elizabeth PeetzThe Ross Kaminsky Show, 630 KHOW
Elizabeth Peetz, Vice President of Government Affairs, Colorado Association of REALTORS® and a REMI Partner joined host Ross Kaminsky on his show to discuss the latest REMI study, Denver Initiative 300: Impacts on the Homeless and Society by Granting Unimpeded Access to Public Space.
iHeart Radio: March 4, 2019, 65:00-76:30
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Legislative assault on oil and gas would betray voters, devastate economy
“Last November, Coloradans voted decisively to reject Proposition 112, the ballot initiative that would have effectively ended new oil and gas development in the state.”
Colorado Politics: March 1, 2019, by Sarah MacQuiddy and Rich Werner
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Does Denver’s urban camping ban need to go? Voters decide this May
“Initiative 300 would reverse ban put in place in 2012”
The Denver Channel: February 19, 2019
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Carroll: We can help homeless without sacrificing public spaces
“The most important vote that Denver residents cast this year may not be for mayor. A better candidate is a ballot measure most voters probably haven’t even heard of yet: Initiative 300, which would overturn the city’s ordinance that outlaws camping in parks or on sidewalks, or setting up residence in a car.”
Denver Post: December 15, 2019, by Vincent Carroll
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2018

Editorial: Frustration following Proposition 112 defeat will continue to gush
Daily Camera: November 10, 2018, by Quintin Young
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A Green Ballot Trouncing
Wall Street Journal: November 8, 2018, by The Editorial Board
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Proposition 112 Oil & Gas Setbacks: 7 Big Questions Answered
Patch: November 6, 2018, by Colorado Independent, News Partner
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Most major Colorado newspapers fail to mention climate change in editorials about fracking-related ballot initiative
Media Matters for America: November 5, 2018, by Ted MacDonald
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Depending on election outcome, Gov. Hickenlooper may call special session to save Colorado’s energy industry
Colorado Watchdog: November 5, 2018, by Bethany Blankley
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Guest Post: The oil and gas tech industry votes no on Proposition 112
The Colorado Independent: November 1, 2018, by Dirk McDermott, Altira Group
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Research & Commentary: Proposition 112 Would Shrink Colorado’s Economy
The Heartland Institute: November 1, 2018, by Tim Benson
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Proposition 112 has empty promises, big implications for Colorado
Montrose Daily Press: October 26, 2018
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Proposition 112: Is it realistic?
DU Clarion: October 22, 2018, by Megan Cooney
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Prop 112 and Colorado’s economy
Journal-Advocate: October 21, 2018, by John Aguilar
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Colorado’s Anti-Fracking Measure: What’s At Stake for Future Oil & Gas Production?
Oil and Gas Investor: October 17, 2018, by Ryan Long and Chad Bourne
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Ask the Indy: Analyzing seven big questions about Colorado’s ballot fight over oil-and-gas setbacks
The Colorado Independent: October 17, 2018, by Lars Gesing
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Proposition 112 seeks greater oil and gas buffer zone on Colorado landscape
Vail Daily: October 17, 2018, by Alex Zorn
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Oil’s Rocky Mountain High Threatened by $39 Million Vote
Bloomberg: October 17, 2018, by Catherine Traywick
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Denver Post Editorial: No On Proposition 112
Breaking Energy: October 17, 2018, by Energy Tomorrow Blog
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How would Proposition 112 impact Colorado’s economy? Two sides with two different stories about well setbacks.
The Denver Post: October 17, 2018, by John Aguilar
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Colorado interest groups offer up ballot guides
9News: October 17, 2018, by Joey Bunch
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Common Sense Policy Roundtable: Coloradans Would Lose $1 Billion in Tax Revenue if Initiative 97 Passes
Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development
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Colorado Proposition 112, Minimum Distance Requirements for New Oil, Gas, and Fracking Projects Initiative (2018)
Ballotpedia
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Proposition 112: Dissecting the science behind the oil and gas setbacks initiative
The Denver Post: October 16, 2018, by John Aguilar
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The Problem Solvers guide to 2018 Colorado election
Fox 31 News: October 15, 2018, by Joe St. George
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Your Questions About Proposition 112 And Oil & Gas, Answered
Colorado Public Radio: October 15, 2018, by Grace Hood
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Colorado election: What to know about Proposition 112, proposed oil and gas setbacks
The Coloradoan: October 12, 2018, by Jacy Marmaduke
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No on Amendment 73: It’s a $1.6 billion tax increase disguised as a boon to schools
The Denver Post: October 12, 2018, by Dave Davia
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CON | Prop 112 would ban energy development, shatter Colorado’s economy
Colorado Politics: October 11, 2018, by Tracee Bentley
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Letter: Vote no on Proposition 112
Fort Morgan Times: October 11, 2018, by Vaneta Winberg
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Prop 112 seeks greater oil and gas buffer zone on Colorado landscape
The Aspen Times: October 11, 2018, by Alex Zorn
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Denver Post Editorial: No On Proposition 112
Energy API: October 11, 2018, by Mark Green
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Editorial: Vote no on Proposition 112 because it’s a ban on oil and gas
The Denver Post: October 10, 2018, by The Denver Post Editorial Board
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Proposition 112: Will it protect or harm Colorado?
The Denver Channel: October 10, 2018, by Jennifer Kovaleski
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Pueblo would suffer from Proposition 112
The Pueblo Chieftain: October 9, 2018, by Tracee Bentley
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Letter to the editor: Vote no on Proposition 112
Lone Tree Voice: October 9, 2018, by Robert Golden
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Letter to the editor: Vote no on Proposition 112
Castle Rock News-Press: October 9, 2018, by Robert Golden
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Letter to the editor: Vote no on Proposition 112
Englewood Herald: October 9, 2018, by Robert Golden
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Letter to the editor: Vote no on Proposition 112
Elbert County News: October 9, 2018, by Robert Golden
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Letter to the editor: Vote no on Proposition 112
Parker Chronicle: October 9, 2018, by Robert Golden
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Oil and Gas Setbacks, Just Compensation Measures Take Center Stage on the Colorado Ballot
American Bar Association: October 9, 2018, by John L. Watson
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Letter to the editor: 112 is too extreme
Centennial Citizen: October 9, 2018, by Brian Bolton
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Tracee Bentley: Proposition 112 would destroy Weld County’s way of life
The Tribune: October 9, 2018
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Letter to the editor: Vote no on Proposition 112
Centennial Citizen: October 9, 2018, by Robert Golden
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Prop 112 threatens our economic future
The Daily Sentinel: October 7, 2018, by Robin Brown and Diane Schwenke
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Critics of tax hike amendment say it would cost Colorado jobs, investment
Colorado Watchdog: October 5, 2018, by Noell Evans
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Three “Green” ballot initiatives to shut down fossil fuels this November
CFact: October 4, 2018, by Adam Houser
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Houston oil companies fight anti-fracking measure in Colorado
Houston Chronicle: October 4, 2018, by Ryan Maye Handy
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No on 112 rally draws more than 1,000; get out the vote effort underway
The Complete Colorado: October 4, 2018, by Sherrie Peif
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Vote No on 112: Don’t Set Colorado Back
Greeley Chamber of Commerce: October 3, 2018, by Tracee Bentley
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Voters Will Decide On Strict New Oil and Gas Setbacks
Rocky Mountain PBS: October 12, 2018, by Brittany Freeman
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If the Setback Measure Wins, Colorado Loses
South Side Business: October 1, 2018, by Laura Lollar
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Op-Ed: How Two Ballot Initiatives Could Affect Colorado Business
Colorado Biz Magazine: September 30, 2018, by John L. Watson
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Advocates say Proposition 112 will protect people. Critics claim it’ll destroy a vital trade
The Daily Sentinel: September 30, 2018, by Dennis Webb
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Colorado’s Initiative 97 Unwisely Blocks Oil And Natural Gas Development
Forbes: September 30, 2018, by Jude Clemente
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Editorial: The case for expanded oil and gas setbacks and Proposition 112
Daily Camera: September 29, 2018, by Quentin Young
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Is Colorado High?
Clear Energy Alliance: September 28, 2018
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Opinion: Amendment 73 = crippling tax hikes + no accountability
Colorado Politics: September 27, 2018, by Buz Koelbel
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Truth Test: Even reverends need to cite their sources
9News: September 26, 1018, by Marshall Zelinger
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A Fractured State: Counties Divide Over Proposition 112
Boulder Patch: September 23, 2018, by Mara Abbott
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Colorado’s Fracking Fright – Proposition 112 would prohibit almost all new oil and gas production
Wall Street Journal: September 20, 2018, by The Editorial Board
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Truth Check: Impossible to predict true economic impact of oil and gas measure right now
Fox 31 News: September 17, 2018, by Joe St. George
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Ballot issue to roll back drilling would kill jobs across Colorado
Colorado Politics: September 17, 2018, by Robin Wise
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Colorado initiatives draw big bucks
The Journal: September 14, 2018, by John Herrick and Shannon Mullane
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Colorado Initiative To Ban Drilling Costing Producers Billions
Oil and Gas Investor: September 14, 2018, by Ellen Chang
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Colorado City: Prop 112 ‘Too Extreme,’ Civic And Business Coalition Opposes ‘Ban’ On Oil & Gas
Western Wire: September 12, 2018, by Michael Sandoval
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“It is going to be very messy”: Opposing oil and gas ballot measures respond to Colorado’s contentious drilling climate
The Colorado Sun: September 22, 2018, by Mark Jaffe
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Key Colorado ballot initiatives have corporations spending tens of millions for your vote
The Colorado Independent: September 11, 2018, by John Herrick & Shannon Mullane
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Critics of setback measure Proposition 112 speak out
The Daily Sentinel: September 8, 2018, by Sentinel Staff
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Impending chaos: Colorado initiatives 97 and 108 both make the November 2018 ballot
Lexology.com: September 7, 2018, by Vinson & Elkins LLP
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Colorado Initiative 97 Hands Local Governments the Power to Bar Drilling
Oil & Gas 360: September 4, 2018
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Colorado Anti-Energy Initiative Looms Large For State, Nation
Breaking Energy: August 31, 2018, by Energy Tomorrow Blog
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Colorado Voters Could Ban Drilling in Most of the State—Energy Journal
The Wall Street Journal: August 30, 2018, by Neanda Salvaterra
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Initiative 97 could have big impact on Colorado’s economy
Fox31 & Channel 2 Denver: August 30, 2018, by Matt Mauro
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Colorado To Vote In November On Proposal To Toughen Oil Drilling Rules
Oil and Gas Investor: August 29, 2018, Reuters
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Colorado Measure Would Make Most of State Off Limits to Drillers
The Wall Street Journal: August 29, 2018, by Rebecca Elliott
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Anti-oil & gas Initiative 97 asks us to vote against our own best interests
Colorado Politics: August 23, 2018, by Simon Lomax
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GUEST COLUMN: Initiative 97 would cut education funding
The Gazette: August 17, 2018, by Dana Svendsen
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Initiative 97 would gut oil and gas development, devastate Colorado’s economy
Colorado Politics: August 16, 2018, by Dan Haley
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Colorado oil and gas stocks hit hard by anti-fracking ballot initiative news
Denver Business Journal: August 10, 2018, by Greg Avery
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Fields: Initiative 97 would destroy Colorado’s oil and gas industry
The Complete Colorado: August 10, 2018, by Michael Fields
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Bentley: Colorado energy, Initiative 97 and the case for bipartisan dialogue
The Tribune: August 9, 2018, by Tracee Bentley
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Colorado Petroleum Council challenges effort to limit oil, gas development
Daily Energy Insider: August 8, 2018, by Chris Galford
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New study defines the economic and fiscal impacts of Initiative 97
Colorado Politics: August 7, 2018, by Tim Brown
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Insidious Initiative 97 would destroy Colorado’s oil and gas economy
Colorado Politics: August 3, 2018, by Kevin Hougen and Robert Golden
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Looking For Supporters of Initiative 97 in Colorado? You’ll Hear Mostly Crickets
Energy In Depth: August 1, 2018, by Seth Whitehead
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Sustaining U.S. Energy Through Right Policies
Energy Tomorrow: July 31, 2018, by Mark Green
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New Study Details: The Cost of Colorado Initiative #97
Colorado Business Roundtable: July 31, 2018, with Chris Brown and Dan Haley
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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE IN DENVER – Robin Wise
Denver Business Journal: July 31, 2018
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Study cites costs of oil and gas measure; Ken Salazar calls it unconstitutional
Colorado Politics: July 27, 2018, by Joey Bunch
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Colorado’s next governor must help bridge the skills gap with better schools
Colorado Politics: July 9, 2018, by Taylor Merritt
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Would rural Colorado make the endangered species list?
The Pueblo Chieftain: June 30, 2018, by Sara Blackhurst
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Viewpoint: Making Colorado’s schools No. 1 should be the next governor’s priority
Denver Business Journal: June 6, 2018, by Earl Wright and Phil Kalin
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What if Colorado Schools Were #1?
Colorado Business Roundtable: May 30, 2018, with Jamie Trafficanda and Chris Brown
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New Study underscores need to fix education opportunity gaps
The Daily Sentinel: May 25, 2018, by Christian Reece
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Simon Lomax, co-author of our PERA study, penned the following column
Price of PERA bailout gouges Colorado Taxpayers
Colorado Politics: May 14, 2018, by Simon Lomax
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A closer look at the survey that quantifies what if Colorado schools were No. 1 in the U.S.
Denver Business Journal: May 16, 2018,, by Jonathan Rose
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Gov. candidates talk education plans at Denver Chamber forum
Colorado Politics: May 16, 2018, by Marianne Goodland
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First look: Colorado education survey shows billions at stake in boosting education
Denver Business Journal: May 14, 2018, by Jonathan Rose
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Colorado Business Groups to tell candidates of the value of education
Colorado Politics: May 12, 2018, by Joey Bunch
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State Pension Continues Treading Water
Colorado Springs Gazette: May 11, 2018, by The Gazette editorial board
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The Gazette published the CSPR open letter to legislators in full on the editorial page
Suggested reforms to put PERA on a sound footing
Colorado Springs Gazette: May 8, 2018
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Business groups urge specific steps in pension system reform
9News: May 3, 2018, by Ed Sealover
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Business groups urge specific steps in pension system reform
Denver Business Journal: May 3, 2018, by Ed Sealover
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PERA reform in trouble
The Pueblo Chieftain: April 24, 2018, by The Pueblo Chieftain editorial board
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CSPR Study underscores need for PERA reform
Colorado Politics: April 21, 2018, by Tim Brown
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Don’t Shield Colorado Employees from PERA Fix
The Gazette: April 20, 2018, by The Gazette editorial board
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Amended PERA Bill Would Worsen Colorado’s Public Pension Problem
The Complete Colorado: April 19, 2018, by Joshua Sharf
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A Wrong Turn on PERA Reform
The Denver Post: April 18, 2018, by The Denver Post editorial board
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SB 200 sponsor Senator Jack Tate authored the following column about his bill and referenced, “One Step Further on PERA Reform”
Fix PERA now–before its problems get worse
Colorado Politics: April 12, 2018, by Jack Tate
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CSPR Board Member Buz Koeble and CSPR Director of Research and Policy Chris Brown discuss “One Step Further on PERA Reform”
PERA in peril?
KDMT AM1690: April 2, 2018, with Buz Koeble and Chris Brown
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Mike Kopp and John Ikard, CSPR REMI Partners, co-wrote the following column
PERA Reform Must Provide Budget Relief to Schools, Local Governments & Taxpayers
The Denver Post: March 23, 2018, by John Ikard and Mike Kopp
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The following editorial references the CSPR study, “One Step Further on PERA Reform”
EDITORIAL: Save teacher wages; put PERA on a diet
The Gazette: March 20, 2018, by The Gazette editorial board
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Business Groups Push More Ambitious PERA Reforms
Secure Futures Colorado: March 12, 2018
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Morningstar | Colorado Proposition 112 Threatens Statewide Fracking Operations
Morningstar: March 10, 2018, by Dave Meats
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PERA Bill Has Major Flaw
The Denver Post: March 10, 2018, by The Denver Post editorial board
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As PERA bill drops Wednesday, Common Sense Policy Roundtable offers advice
Colorado Politics: March 7, 2018, by Joey Bunch
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Colorado growth-control measure is a non-starter with candidates for Governor
Denver Business Journal: March 2, 2018, by Ed Sealover
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Denver-area growth-control measure gets go-ahead from Colorado Supreme Court
Denver Business Journal: March 1, 2018, by Ed Sealover
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What happened to “strategic growth” in Lakewood?
Rocky Mountain Real Estate Law: February 16, 2018
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Proposed initiative to limit new housing on Front Range ignites fears in real estate industry
The Denver Post: February 7, 2018, by Aldo Svaldi
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Sound Off: The Denver Post opinion newsletter: Jan. 22, 2018
The Denver Post: January 22, 2018, by Cohen Peart
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On PERA reform, finish the work Greg Smith started
The Denver Post: January 19, 2018, by Earl Wright
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2017

Fixing Our Broken Tax Code
Nation-wide coalition urging Congress to support the Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code: October 18, 2017
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Business partnership looks at bigger picture of capping Lakewood’s growth
Colorado Politics: October 18, 2017 by Joey Bunch
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Chairman of the CSPR Board of Directors Earl Wright discusses the need for tax reform
Varney & Co. on FOX Business Network: October, 2017
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Common Sense Policy Roundtable researches issues affecting Colorado jobs and economy
The Denver Channel: September 3, 2017 by Anne Trujillo
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Common Sense Policy Roundtable hires research leader for ‘critical’ Colorado issues
Colorado Politics: August 25, 2017 by Joey Bunch
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City Pledges for ‘100% Renewable Energy’ Are 99% Misleading
The Wall Street Journal: August 4, 2017 by Charles McConnell
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Seattle’s Minimum-Wage Rise May Have Pushed Down Workers’ Hours, Study Finds
The Wall Street Journal; June 27, 2017 by Josh Zumbrun
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More Colorado high school graduates need remedial classes
The Denver Post; May 8, 2017 by Monte Whaley
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Construction Defects & CSPR Budget Comparison
Colorado Business Roundtable; April 27, 2017 Radio Broadcast
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GUEST COLUMN: Solving the affordable housing crisis
The Gazette; March 25, 2017 by Earl Wright
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Home prices worry Denver
The Pueblo Chieftain; March 2, 2017
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2013

CSPR Board Member Lou Hutchison discusses our Amend 66 study on Capitol and Capital
KHOW Radio; November 4, 2013 on The Michael Brown Show
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Country’s biggest school board race to be decided Tuesday in Douglas County
Fox 31 Denver; November 3, 2013 By Eli Stokols
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Douglas County School District is a leader in education
The Denver Post; October 30, 2013 By The Honorable Peter Groff
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REFORM: Former Dem Senate President Praises Dougco School District
Colorado Peak Politics; October 27, 2013
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Rocky Mountain High Taxes; Democrats and unions try to kill Colorado’s flat tax.
The Wall Street Journal; October 23, 2013
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Peter Groff, Former Senate President, Colorado – Douglas Country School Board election and reform
850 KOA; October 22, 2013 On-air with Mike Rosen
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Amendment 66: Battle over Colorado school tax draws big money, heavy hitters
The Gazette; October 20, 2013 By Garrison Wells
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TAX HIKE STUDY: Amendment 66 Will Kill Jobs, Personal Income, Can’t Promise Improvements
Colorado Peak Politics; October 11, 2013
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School tax measure would be a drag on Colorado’s economy, CU Leeds study finds
Denver Business Journal; October 9, 2013 By Heather Draper
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Amendment 66 means $4 billion economic gain for Colorado
KDVR 31; October 9,2013 By Eli Stokols
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Study: Amendment 66 a drag on Colorado’s economy – but not if it works
The Denver Post; October 9, 2013 By Kevin Simpson
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PRESS RELEASE: New study shows that without substantial improvement in student performance, Amendment 66 is drag on the Colorado economy
Leeds School of Business Report Uses State-of-the-Art Dynamic Model to Determine What Impact Amendment 66 Will Have on Our State’s Economy October 9, 2013
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Double Down: Obamacare Will Increase Avg. Individual-Market Insurance Premiums By 99% For Men, 62% For Women
Forbes, September 25, 2013, by Avik Roy
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Government Shutdown 101: What Happens When The Lights Go Off?
Forbes, September 20, 2013, by Kelly Phillips Erb
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$950 million Colorado school finance measure officially on ballot
The Denver Post, September 4, 2013, by Kevin Simpson
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Colorado schools tax campaign begins in earnest
The Associated Press, August 15, 2013, by The Associated Press
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Economic development groups deploy advanced model for Colorado issues
Denver Post, July 17, 2013, by Aldo Svaldi
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Dynamic modeling: The debate has just begun
Denver Business Journal, July 16, 2013, by Ed Sealover
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Econometric model to examine Init. 22 in debut study in CO
Colorado Space Coalition, July 16, 2013, author unreported
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PRESS RELEASE: Partnership Announces Dynamic Econometric Modeling Initiative for Colorado
Econometric Model to Provide in-Depth Analysis on the Economic Impacts of Public Policy
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University of Colorado will help lawmakers weigh tax impact
Denver Business Journal, May 17, 2013
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CSPR Encourages Statewide Oil and Gas Regulations
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CSPR Joins Business Coalition in opposition to HB13-1269
May 6, 2013
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Uber Scores a Regulatory Victory
The Denver Post, March 3, 2013
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2012

Should Colorado opt out of the Medicaid expansion as outlined in the Affordable Health Care Act? Yes
The Denver Post, July 7, 2012, by Earl Wright
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Wyoming Trusts for Colorado Residents: Reduced Income Tax, Asset Protection, and Other Advantages
June 6, 2012
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Letter to Senator Scheffel in support of SB12-83
February 23, 2012
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2011

A job-killing stab at funding education
The Pueblo Chieftain June 12, 2011
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National Economist: Health Tax Increase Will Kill 119,000 Jobs
CSPR Press Release, May 26, 2011
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CSPR Vows to Fight Tax Increases
CSPR Press Release, February 24, 2011
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Revenue Forecasts Demand Caution
The Pueblo Chieftain, February 6, 2011
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An Opportunity for an Open, Thoughtful Budget Process
The Denver Post, February 5, 2011
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2010

Incentives Spur Utah’s Growth
State’s Red-Carpet Treatment Toward Businesses Is a Catalyst for Job Gains The Wall Street Journal, November 27, 2010
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The “Secret Tax”
Denver Post, October 30, 2010
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