The Colorado Fiscal Institute envisions a Colorado where responsible economic and fiscal policies advance equity and widespread economic prosperity.
Our mission is to provide credible, independent and accessible analyses of fiscal and economic issues facing Colorado. We lead, inform and influence policy debates and contribute to sound decisions that improve the well-being of individuals, communities and the state as a whole.
For nearly 15 years, the Colorado Fiscal Institute operated as the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, a
project of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. The project began as an all-volunteer coalition of
health care, education and human service advocates who realized that they could not effectively
advocate for low-income Coloradans without better understanding how to navigate the budget
process and operate within Colorado's onerous fiscal constraints.
In 1999, with the support of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C., the
coalition launched the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute to house the permanent analytic capacity for
fiscal and economic research that could support advocates for low-income families. The project
quickly became a recognized leader in fiscal and economic policy research and advocacy in
In October 2012, the project's leadership launched the Colorado Fiscal Institute as an independent
nonprofit with the belief that an organization dedicated solely to fiscal and economic policy would
be more effective in promoting ideas that expand opportunity, equity and economic prosperity for
CFI's structure has changed, but its core mission remains the same. CFI continues to deliver on
our founder's vision for a strong permanent analytic capacity to support Colorado's policy
ecosystem. The breadth of topics that CFI turns its analytic eye towards and the depth of its
relationships with diverse organizations, from K12 advocates to immigrant rights activists to health
care providers, demonstrates the value of CFI's contribution.
"The Colorado Fiscal Institute is distinguished statewide for its expertise on fiscal and budget policy. Its Purple Book is a must-read for every lawmaker."
Former Speaker of the House, Mark Ferrandino.
"I cannot say enough about how grateful we are to have the Colorado Fiscal Institute as a partner organization. We depend on their analysis for much of our work, and I am consistently amazed by and appreciative of their willingness and ability to support our organization and members in our endeavors to understand and engage with state policy. The experts at CFI are incredibly responsive and help amplify our voice at the State Capitol. CFI's work is instrumental to the success of Good Business Colorado, and we are incredibly grateful to be able to work so closely with their amazing team members!"
Debra Brown, Executive Director,
Good Business Colorado
"CFI brings scientific rigor to the work of building an economy that works for all Coloradans. CFI's data analysis, from projects that demonstrate the economic benefits of Medicaid to the economic consequences of Trump's public charge proposal, are invaluable to informing our work and the work of other advocates and policymakers in Colorado. CFI brings expertise about fiscal issues to the fight for social justice. They understand the power of public investments to address the consequences of racism and other forms of economic exploitation. And they make every effort to communicate those values in the policy making space. They are smart, powerful, valued partners."
Allison Neswood, Health Care Attorney, CO Center on Law and Policy, Protect Immigrant Families Coalition Coordinator
"The Colorado Fiscal Institute has been a critical partner, particularly on our transit affordability efforts. Their sophisticated research and analysis propelled our work forward in ways that would not have been possible without them. They translate complex data into understandable information, helping our partners to make thoughtful, research-driven decisions."
Dace West, Executive Director (former), Mile High Connects