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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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Denver Migrants Spending and the City Budget

April 19, 2024 • 2 min read


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Denver’s proposed budget cuts to fund its migrants response take about $17 million away from public safety spending.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update – March 2024 Update

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Colorado’s unemployment rate has increased every month since the beginning of 2024, growing from 3.3% in December of 2023 to 3.7% in March of this year, a growth of 12%.

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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


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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.

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Monitoring Colorado’s Growing Regulatory Burden

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Colorado’s free enterprise economic system is built upon a combination of federal, state and local laws. While federal policy can play a large role across certain industries, state policy plays a critical role in both accounting for regional differences and determining a state’s relative economic competitiveness.

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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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