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Common Sense Institute (CSI) strives to develop insightful and educational research on the most critical debates facing Colorado. CSI employs rigorous research techniques and dynamic modeling to evaluate the potential impact of issues on the Colorado economy and individual opportunity. CSI provides elected officials, policy makers and Coloradans with facts and data-driven analysis to help make informed decisions about the biggest issues facing the state. CSI research has also sparked innovative policy solutions and bipartisan, solutions-based discussion about the future of Colorado.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: May 2022

Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: May 2022

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Colorado’s robust economy has added 405,400 jobs since April 2020, eclipsing the 374,500 jobs the state lost in March and April 2020. This represents a recovery rate of 109.6 percent which is 13.3 percentage points higher than the nationwide recovery rate of 96.3%.

Inflation in Colorado: May 2022 Update

Inflation in Colorado: May 2022 Update

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Inflation in the Denver metropolitan area continues to run hot, particularly for housing. Overall price levels increased 3.4% between January and May and 8.3% over the last 12 months.

Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: April 2022

Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: April 2022

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Colorado’s robust economy has added 405,400 jobs since April 2020, eclipsing the 374,500 jobs the state lost in March and April 2020. This represents a recovery rate of 108.3 percent which is 13.3 percentage points higher than the nationwide recovery rate of 95%. Colorado added 14,600 jobs in April and March’s employment level was revised downwards by 500.

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The Uncertain Future Cost of Colorado’s Energy Infrastructure and Housing Affordability

The Uncertain Future Cost of Colorado’s Energy Infrastructure and Housing Affordability

June 20, 2022 • 19 min read


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Housing affordability remains a top issue facing Coloradans. With rising inflation, supply chain disruptions, workforce shortages, and complex land-use regulations, the outlook for housing development in the state looks bleak. With such a laundry list of economic and regulatory hurdles, not all within its immediate control, the state should focus on policy interventions that have the best chance of breaking the status quo and improving affordability at scale.

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The Rising Cost of Living: Inflation, Housing, Health Care, Affordability, and Crime

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Inflation, housing affordability, health care costs, crime, & new regulations, fees and taxes the last several years could jeopardize Colorado’s economic vitality and individual opportunity.


Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: May 2022

June 17, 2022 • 3 min read


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Colorado’s robust economy has added 405,400 jobs since April 2020, eclipsing the 374,500 jobs the state lost in March and April 2020. This represents a recovery rate of 109.6 percent which is 13.3 percentage points higher than the nationwide recovery rate of 96.3%.

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Inflation in Colorado: May 2022 Update

June 10, 2022 • 2 min read


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Inflation in the Denver metropolitan area continues to run hot, particularly for housing. Overall price levels increased 3.4% between January and May and 8.3% over the last 12 months.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: April 2022

May 20, 2022 • 3 min read


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Colorado’s robust economy has added 405,400 jobs since April 2020, eclipsing the 374,500 jobs the state lost in March and April 2020. This represents a recovery rate of 108.3 percent which is 13.3 percentage points higher than the nationwide recovery rate of 95%. Colorado added 14,600 jobs in April and March’s employment level was revised downwards by 500.

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Inflation and the Colorado Option Plan

May 18, 2022 • 6 min read


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The Colorado Option, signed into law in 2021, is a state-regulated health insurance program which requires carriers to offer “standardized plans” within the individual and small-group markets at reduced prices.

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Colorado’s 2022 Legislative Session and Free Enterprise

Colorado’s 2022 Legislative Session and Free Enterprise

May 12, 2022 • 12 min read


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This year, Colorado’s Congress introduced over 650 bills to address issues, prepare for the upcoming election, and dictate the future of Colorado policy.

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Bill Spotlight: SB22-234 Unemployment Compensation

May 2, 2022 • 2 min read


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Due to the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state government’s policy responses, Colorado’s unemployment levels spiked in early 2020 and caused the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to become deeply insolvent. Now, the Trust Fund is projected to remain insolvent until the 2024 fiscal year.

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Bill Spotlight: HB22-1029 Compensatory Direct Distribution to Public Employees’ Retirement Association

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PERA’s current unfunded liability is $31 billion. This is one indicator of PERA’s funding status as it measures the difference between projected benefit demands, and the assets (current fund balance + future expected returns) that have been collected to cover those benefits.

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Common Sense Institute Policy Brief: Rent Control at Mobile Home Parks

April 22, 2022 • 5 min read


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CSI analyzes HB22-1287: Protections for Mobile Home Park Residents.

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