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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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Prices in the 21st Century – Colorado

February 15, 2024 • 2 min read


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The last 20 years has been marked by the cost of large expenditure items such as university tuition, housing and medical expenses outpacing wages.

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Supply and Demand: Diagnosing Colorado’s Skills and Attainment Gap

February 13, 2024 • 41 min read


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By 2031, 73% of Colorado’s jobs will require at least some postsecondary education, and currently 70.7% of Colorado adults currently qualify.[i] That number includes imported talent—people who attain higher education elsewhere and move to Colorado. At present, only 66.5% of the state’s adult population born in Colorado meets that standard—over 79,000 people short of 73%.

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A Snapshot of Colorado’s 2023 Economy

February 5, 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.

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Colorado’s Population Rising at Only a Fraction of Its Former Glory

February 1, 2024 • 3 min read


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Between 2020 and 2023, Colorado had a net gain of average of only 6,645 people from other states each year. That is compared to an average of 41,540 every year between 2013 and 2020.

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Colorado Housing Affordability Report

January 25, 2024 • 16 min read


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The estimated housing unit deficit in the Denver metro area for 2023 ranged between 45,025 and 115,012 housing units. To meet new population-driven housing demand and close the existing supply gap by 2028, an additional 26,971 to 40,968 housing units per year are required

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update – December 2023 Update

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January 23, 2024 • 3 min read


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In recent months, Colorado’s employment growth has been sustained by robust government job gains in excess of private sector job losses. While Colorado added 300 total non-farm jobs in December, the private sector declined for the fourth straight month, losing 1,700 jobs.


Just How Much Relief Did the State Special Legislative Session Provide?

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January 19, 2024 • 3 min read


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This brief release details the impacts of the 2023 special legislative session’s lowering of residential assessment rates from 6.765% to 6.7%, the potential impact of lowering local mill levies 10%, and points out the growth in Colorado property taxes beyond the metro rate of inflation.

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Where are the Men?

January 17, 2024 • 13 min read


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This report explores the national decline in men’s labor force participation and compares Colorado men’s labor trends. While Colorado men participate in the labor force at higher rates than the national average, Colorado men’s participation is falling at a more rapid clip than the nation at large.


Gov. Jared Polis’s 2024 State of the State

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January 12, 2024 • 7 min read


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CSI has been at the forefront of data analysis regarding each of the issues raised in the Governor’s address and has the following response.

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