Common Sense Institute's mission is to examine the fiscal impacts of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws so that Coloradans are educated and informed on issues impacting their lives. CSI employs rigorous research techniques and dynamic modeling to evaluate the potential impact of these measures on the Colorado economy and individual opportunity.
Common Sense Institute was founded in 2010 originally as Common Sense Policy Roundtable. CSI's founders were a concerned group of business and community leaders who observed that divisive partisanship was overwhelming policymaking and believed that sound economic analysis could help Coloradans make fact-based and common sense decisions.
"Common Sense Institute is at the forefront of essential policy discussions affecting Colorado. CSI provides policymakers and voters with unbiased facts and data that allows for informed discussions and decision making regarding Colorado's economic health. As a provider of housing for all, we are proud to support CSI's important work and pleased to be a member of the Leaders Circle. " - Renee Zentz, CEO, Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs
"Denver South is both an organization and a region that believes non-partisan, pro-business public policies are the foundation that underpins a vibrant economy. Today, more than ever, those policies must be driven by data and facts, not conjecture and opinion. Common Sense Institute's use of data-driven tools like the Regional Economic Models Inc. (REMI) model offers policymakers unbiased-and otherwise unavailable-insights into the full cost and economic impact of proposed legislation." - Tom Brook, CEO, Denver South Economic Development Partnership
"For anyone who follows public policy in Colorado, the research produced by the Common Sense Institute is a must-read. When looking at a proposed bill or ballot measure, CSI does an amazing job of explaining and quantifying the impacts on the economic sector being targeted. But then the staff and fellows at CSI go further, by showing how those impacts will be felt across other economic sectors and even how state and local tax revenues could be impacted.
Businesses and working families in Colorado are all interconnected. Whether the impacts are positive or negative, what happens to one industry will impact many other industries, the overall business climate and the broader state economy. Without CSI, this critical context would be largely missing from public policy discussions in Colorado." - Lynn Granger, Executive Director, Colorado Petroleum Council
"As the mayor of one of the fastest growing cities on the front range, the need for quality research is mission critical to our decision making process. The Common Sense Institute is consistently my go to source for reliable, in depth data that drills down to the local level. There non-partisan approach to tackling tough issues is a breath of fresh air in today's political climate." - Benjamin Huseman, Mayor, Commerce City
"As a longtime business owner and former state legislator, I know that having accurate information and data when making decisions or writing legislation is critical. That's why I support the work that Common Sense Institute does. Their unbiased, data driven research has impacted the way public policy is formed in Colorado for the better. I especially appreciate how they are able to take complex situations and make them easier to understand with interactive presentations and events that provide a forum for discussion. I look forward to watching the impact CSI has grow in the years to come." - Polly Lawrence, Former Colorado State Representative
"As one of the most notable bills of the legislative session, many pundits predicted SB 19-188 would most likely pass. However, thanks to the common sense findings of the REMI Partnership study, lawmakers are taking another look, evaluating the financial assumptions and considering impacts on Colorado working families and the overall business climate." - Jenifer Waller, COO and Senior Vice President, Colorado Bankers Association
"The Common Sense Institute provides a great service to Coloradans by shining a light, through data and analysis, on important issues to our economy and our overall well-being as a state. Its utilization of the well-respected REMI economic modeling tool puts CSI's research ahead of the pack. The analysis conducted during the Proposition 112 campaign, as well as during legislative conversations surrounding Senate Bill 181, was critical. Any time respected and thoughtful research can contribute to the conversation, it reduces politics and pushes outcomes toward more thoughtful policy-making decisions." - Dan Haley, President & CEO, Colorado Oil and Gas Association
"Without the factual analysis provided by the Common Sense Institute, Coloradans would be faced with supporting an insolvent state-run program. Thanks in part to CSI's research, elected officials and policymakers paused the debate on SB 19-188 and stopped the passage of a family medical leave program that would have stifled business and placed an enormous burden on our state budget. The study issued by CSI changed the conversation and proved to be a catalyst for a more thoughtful examination of the fiscal issues posed by this legislation. CSI fills a void with much-needed facts and data that is not found in partisan politics. In other words, when CSI weighs in with research, people listen." - Loren Furman, Senior Vice President State and Federal Relations, Colorado Chamber of Commerce