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COVID-19 in Colorado

One Size Shutdown Does Not Fit All

One Size Shutdown Does Not Fit All

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Though all Coloradans faced a stay-at-home order, the latest data suggest that the rates of COVID-19 infection vary widely between counties.

5.12 Updated Forecast for Colorado’s State Economy and Budget Outlook

Earlier today, both the Colorado Legislative Council Staff (LCS) and the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budget (OSPB) released an updated forecast for the state’s economy and budget outlook. You can view the CO Leg Council Staff report and presentation slides...

5.11 Transitioning to Safer-at-Home Guidelines

As all counties in Colorado have now progressed from stay-at-home orders to safer-at-home  guidelines, two questions are front of mind. Will there be another increase in cases of COVID-19 that again threatens to overwhelm our health care system? And how much of the...

4.23 Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims Update

New claims for unemployment insurance in Colorado continued to climb for the 5th straight week. 67,334 new claims were made during the week ending April 18, bringing the 5-week total of new claims to 298,944. However, the weekly claims were down from over 104,000 the...

4.21 Reopening the State’s Economy Amidst COVID-19

On Monday April 20, Governor Polis held a press conference to discuss several of his recent executive actions and the new policy guidelines Coloradans can expect for living with COVID-19. Executive Actions 1. The Governor shared his approach reopening the state in May...

4.17 When and How to Reopen the State’s Economy

This past Wednesday April 15th, Governor Polis announced broad principles that are guiding the decision on when and how to reopen the state’s economy. During his remarks he said, “As we reopen our state, we know that things will work differently than they did before,...

4.16 Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims Update

Earlier today, the new weekly unemployment insurance claims for the week ending April 11th were released. Colorado saw a record setting 105,000 new claims, surpassing the weekly record of just two weeks ago. This brings the total portion of the Colorado labor force...

4.13 Updates on the Outlook of State Finances

Recent statement by the Colorado Speaker of the House K.C. Becker and a presentation developed by the Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budget paint a stark picture for the outlook of state finances.  They suggest that between $2B to $3.2 billion will...

4.8 What’s at the intersection of economic modeling and epidemiological modeling?

What’s at the intersection of economic modeling and epidemiological modeling? Hopefully, the answers to what most of us are asking. How bad will this crisis get and when will the economy reopen? Recently, Governor Polis and Colorado public health officials addresses these questions. While nobody knows for sure, the latest modeling indicates that Colorado has either already reached its peak number of new cases, or it will come within the next few weeks.

4.2 Unprecedented News in Legislation and Unemployment Numbers

The last 24 hours have brought about more unprecedented news.  Yesterday’s ruling by the state supreme court in a 4-3 decision, means that lawmakers will be allowed to resume the 2020 legislative session and retain the remaining 53 days on the calendar.  You can read...

4.1 CU Leeds School of Business Quarterly Survey

CU Leeds School of Business just released their quarterly survey of over 400 Colorado business leaders.  While the confidence index dropped to the lowest level in the 17-year history of the survey, there may be indications it will rebound more quickly than in years...

3.31 AEI’s National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening

Over the weekend, AEI Resident Fellow, Scott Gottlieb, released National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening, which can be found at www.RoadMaptoReopening.com.  It is a detailed and thoughtful plan for how to combat the current crisis, while protecting the...

3.27 EPI Job Estimates

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) estimated that the US economy could lose roughly 14 million jobs by Summer of 2020.

3.25.20

Following a similar policy imposed on the City of Denver, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state of Colorado.