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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: July 2021

August 20, 2021 • 3 min read


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The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) jobs and labor force data shows that, while the state has made significant progress from the April 2020 low points, achieving full recovery will take significantly more time.

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The Economic Footprint of Homelessness in Metro Denver

August 4, 2021 • 31 min read


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Common Sense Institute has partnered with several local organizations and leaders to conduct a three-phase project to understand the many challenges and types of homelessness. This is Phase one of this project and is focused on the current resources dedicated to the homeless in Metro Denver.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: June 2021

July 16, 2021 • 3 min read


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The latest data from the Current Employment Statistics survey shows that, though Colorado’s workforce has been on its way to recovering from the worst of the recession over the past several months, a lot of progress remains to be made.

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The Steep Price Tag of the 2021 Legislative Session:

July 13, 2021 • 10 min read


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Common Sense Institute analyzes the taxes and fees that resulted from the 2021 legislative session. Under the additional impact of this year’s legislative action, the total net direct cost of rules and legislation passed since 2018 is now over $2.1 billion.

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From Conflict to Compassion: A Colorado Housing Development Blueprint For Transformational Change

Colorado Housing Development Blueprint

June 24, 2021 • 79 min read


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Transformational changes require bold action from our state’s housing leaders to repair the broken housing development value chain.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: May 2021

June 18, 2021 • 2 min read


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The latest data from the Current Employment Statistics survey shows that, though Colorado’s workforce has been on its way to recovering from the worst of the recession over the past several months, a lot of progress remains to be made.

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$2.5 Billion in COVID-19 Federal Relief Funding to Colorado’s K-12 Education System

June 16, 2021 • 5 min read


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The federal government has sent over $2.5 billion to Colorado’s K-12 education system since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020. Common Sense Institute analyzes where these funds have been spent and how they compare to current budgets.

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The Evolution of the Colorado Public Option: CSI Impacting the Debate

June 11, 2021 • < 1 min read


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After publishing 8 reports, 3 rounds of testimony, and over a dozen meetings with legislators, Common Sense Institute’s work has led the way in helping impact the debate and deliver the facts on the Colorado public option health care proposal…leading to lots of changes.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: April 2021

May 21, 2021 • 3 min read


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The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) jobs and labor force data shows that, while the state has made significant progress from the April 2020 low points, achieving full recovery will take significantly more time.

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The Revamped Public Option Bill

May 13, 2021 • 11 min read


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Common Sense Institute analyzes the impacts of the amended version of HB21-1232, requiring premiums for the Colorado option to be set 18% lower than the 2021 average in the individual and small-group insurance markets, with some allowance for medical inflation.

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