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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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Fall 2022 City & County of Denver Ordinance 305: “No Eviction Without Representation”

September 14, 2022 • 16 min read


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If passed by voters this fall, Denver’s citizen initiated Ordinance 305, “No Eviction Without Representation” would levy a new tax on landlords, of $75 per residential rental unit, to fund universal tenant legal representation for those facing an eviction or threat of eviction in the city.


2022 Colorado State Ballot Proposition #123: “Dedicated State Income Tax Revenue for Affordable Housing”

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To address the unit production shortfall, Proposition #123 has qualified for the ballot, requesting that Coloradans dedicate 1/10th of 1% of federal taxable income from the State’s General Fund to create Colorado’s first statewide voter initiated affordable housing fund.

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On the Road to $1 Billion in Vehicles Stolen: The Data Trends Behind Colorado’s Motor Vehicle Theft Crisis

September 8, 2022 • 15 min read


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Despite the complexity of the issues surrounding motor vehicle theft, there is a crystal-clear trend in the Centennial state. Theft rates continue to rise, and Colorado maintains its unenviable distinction as the number one state in America for car theft. CSI Criminal Justice Fellows Mitch Morrissey and George Brauchler explore the data and trends through the first six months of 2022.

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Dollars and Data: A Look at PK-12 Funding and Performance in Colorado

September 7, 2022 • 14 min read


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As the Covid-19 pandemic recedes, leaving in its wake declining public school student enrollment and achievement, local, state, and federal dollars continue to flow to the Colorado public education system in ever-larger amounts.

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Colorado Housing Affordability Update: August 2022

August 25, 2022 • 2 min read


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While overall housing prices remain elevated due to high levels of inflation over the past 18 months, the rate of growth moderated in July.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: July 2022

August 19, 2022 • 4 min read


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The state has still not recovered to its pre-pandemic employment rate according to these numbers, which include only those employed by registered establishments.


2022 Colorado State Ballot Proposition #121: “State Income Tax Rate Reduction”

August 10, 2022 • 10 min read


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In this report, CSI outlines the details of Initiative #31 and projects the impacts it could have across the Colorado economy upon both the private sector and the state.

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Inflation in Colorado: July 2022 Update

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Prices in Colorado rose by 1.72% between May and July, up from 1.33% over the two months prior.

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Colorado Housing Quarterly Update

July 27, 2022 • 8 min read


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The cost of housing in Colorado—and particularly the Denver metro area—has made the state an increasingly expensive place to live. Since 2015, the price of housing in metro Denver has exceeded the U.S. average, hindering its regional competitiveness.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: June 2022

July 22, 2022 • 3 min read


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Colorado’s robust economy has added 412,300 jobs since April 2020, eclipsing the 374,500 jobs the state lost in March and April 2020.

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