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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 meaningful changes in Colorado state spending over the last twenty years. The following figures provide a summary overview of state spending across different state funds and agencies. The trends shown reflect the shifting priorities brought on as a direct result of the laws and budgets passed each legislative session.

Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: October 2021

Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: October 2021

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Driven by labor shortages and increased employment opportunities, job growth in October surged to its highest monthly amount since July. Labor force participation of mothers during the pandemic lagged consistently up until September. Their overall participation rate in October remained higher than pre-pandemic levels for the second straight month.

The Economic Footprint of Homelessness in Metro Denver

The Economic Footprint of Homelessness in Metro Denver

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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.

Homelessness Ecosystem Analysis Phase 2

Homelessness Ecosystem Analysis Phase 2

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Homelessness is a visible outcome of a system that does not consistently work for everyone. This report is the result of efforts to understand the systemic factors that impact homelessness in the Metropolitan Denver area through a human-centered systems design lens.

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Spend Now, Save Later

May 6, 2021 • 6 min read


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Common Sense Institute, REASON Foundation and Secure Futures Colorado researches the impacts of using state funds to apply a one-time supplemental payment of $500 million to PERA.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: March 2021

April 16, 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 State of Colorado’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund

April 14, 2021 • 6 min read


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As a result of a sudden spike in unemployment insurance claims, Colorado’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund quickly depleted and fell into a debt financed by loans from the U.S. Treasury.

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Building Back Stronger Requires Addressing Colorado’s Looming Fiscal Challenges

April 8, 2021 • 7 min read


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Common Sense Institute analyzes both the federal and Colorado state governments relief bills in response to the economic impacts associated with COVID-19, and provide recommendations for ways to set up Colorado for long-term growth.

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Trying to Fix a Broken Education Finance System

March 31, 2021 • 7 min read


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The current education funding system is laden with problems and inefficiencies that hinder schools from functioning at their highest levels. Increasing revenues without addressing the severe flaws in how the state allocates those revenues, as HB21-1164 does, is a missed opportunity to improve student outcomes.

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Following the Facts in Colorado’s Healthcare Debate: Recent Trends Have Resulted in Lower Costs and More Choice

March 30, 2021 • 5 min read


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Common Sense Institute analyses the changing trends in Colorado’s American Care Act (ACA) health insurance market to ensure discussions and debate about healthcare policy start from the same baseline.

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Colorado Jobs and Labor Force Update: February 2021

March 26, 2021 • 3 min read


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The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) jobs and labor force data shows the path to recovery remains quite volatile and there is still a long way to climb to reach pre-pandemic Colorado employment levels.

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Third Time Is No Charm

Third Time Is No Charm

March 25, 2021 • 17 min read


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The Latest Colorado Public Option Proposal Still Threatens the Jobs of Health Care Workers and May Trigger Higher Costs for Businesses and Households

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January 2021 Colorado Employment Update

March 16, 2021 • 2 min read


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The Common Sense Institute analyzes the recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics state employment and labor force data for Colorado in January 2021.

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Recent Trends in Health Insurance Costs: Early Results of Public Option in Washington State Compared to Colorado

March 9, 2021 • 3 min read


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To help inform health care policy discussions at the legislature, the Common Sense Institute reviewed recent trends in Affordable Care Act insurance premiums across Colorado and Washington State, which passed public option legislation in 2019.

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