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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 Budget: Then and Now

Colorado Budget: Then and Now

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Colorado Budget Then and Now illuminates the changes in Colorado state budget appropriations over the last twenty years. The figures included in the report provide a summary overview of revenue allocated to state departments through the budgeting process. The trends in appropriations reflect the shifting priorities brought on as a direct result of the laws and budgets passed each legislative session.

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The Limitations of House Bill 24-1363 on Colorado Charter Schools Why Muzzle High Performing Schools Now?

April 11, 2024 • 4 min read


PDF OF FULL REPORT Author: Kelly Caufield, Jimena Sanchez Introduction According to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), The CDE mentioned that “if all charter schools were organized within a single district, it would be the largest school district in the state,” exemplifying the vast presence of charter schools in Colorado[ii] Background on HB24-1363 House Bill […]

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Inflation in Colorado – March 2024 Update

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April 10, 2024 • 2 min read


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Fuels and utility prices have increased by 10% between March ‘23 and March ‘24 while the U.S. average was only 3.3%.

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Colorado Property Tax Primer: Where do property taxes stand and where are they going?

April 9, 2024 • 7 min read


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Many Coloradans pay higher than average taxes, even adjusted for income. Despite effective tax rates being lower than average, the rapid increase in home values in Colorado over the past decade has made an impact.

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Colorado’s Healthy Meals for All Proves Unhealthy for the State Budget

Colorado Healthy Meals For All Proves Unhealthy for the State Budget

April 2, 2024 • 5 min read


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After just one year, the “Healthy School Meals for All” program is expected to reach CSI’s budget deficit projection
5 years early.

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Colorado Government Budget Competitiveness Index

March 27, 2024 • 11 min read


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While Colorado ranks lower on state and local government employment as a percentage of population and debt service as a share of tax revenue, it ranks in the top 10 of state and local government spending as a percentage of GDP.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update – February 2024 Update

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March 22, 2024 • 3 min read


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Colorado’s unemployment rate increased to 3.5% in February and is now at its highest rate since February of 2022.

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The Metro-Wide Accumulated Costs of Migrants

March 20, 2024 • 2 min read


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As of March 18, just under 1,400 migrants were staying in Denver shelters, down from a height of 5,210 in January. Occupancy of city shelters has not been this low since late September 2023.

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An Updated Snapshot of Colorado’s 2023 Economy

March 13, 2024 • 2 min read


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Common Sense Institute tracked Colorado’s major economic highlights from 2023 in the following categories: jobs, inflation, labor force, and population.


The Triple Threat: Impact of SB24-159 on the Economy, Revenue, and Emissions

Impact of SB24-159 on the Economy, Revenue, and Emissions

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This analysis details the impacts across the economy, public revenue, and GHG emissions, resulting from an oil and gas permitting ban outlined in SB24-159.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update – January 2024

March 11, 2024 • 3 min read


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After losing 6,200 jobs between October and December of 2023, Colorado’s private added 5,600 jobs in January. This is the largest single month growth in the state’s private sector since June of 2023.

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