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Common Sense Institute

Common Sense Institute is a non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado's economy. We are at the forefront of important discussions concerning the future of free enterprise in CO and we aim to have an impact on the issues that matter most to Coloradans.

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Protecting and Promoting Colorado's Economy and Individual Opportunity

Class

Social Science Research 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Single Parents
Unemployed, Underemployed
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The mission of CSI is to examine the fiscal impacts of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws so that Coloradans are educated and informed on issues impacting their lives. We focus on promoting ideas and information that enhance our free-enterprise system. We aim to have an impact on the understanding of the public policy and economic issues that matter most to Coloradans. This focus brings us to study a range of subject areas including improving education outcomes, sound fiscal policy that does not put the taxpayer at future risk, and establishing a regulatory environment that enables free-enterprise.

CSI owns a license for a dynamic model called Regional Economic Models, Inc. to develop independent, fact-based analysis that quantifies the broader economic impacts associated with policy changes. REMI is a dynamic economic modeling program created by Dr. George Treyz. Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI), founded by Dr.Treyz in 1980 is located in Amherst, MA. The REMI model is a regional economic modeling program created to inform and improve the quality of public policy decisions. By using the REMI model, CSPR is able to provide better quality research on different public policy issues.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over a short period of time, bills and ballot initiatives have been passed or filed with potential to significantly harm job growth and economic opportunity for all Coloradans. We are working hard to educate and inform policymakers and voters with the facts and how each piece of legislation would impact their business and individual prosperity.

Recently, CSI has conducted research studies on the following issues:
1. Strategies to Mitigate the COVID Slide
2. Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Colorado and the State Budget
3. The Proposed Public Option
4. Lakewood Initiative 200
5. SB19-188 - Paid FAMLI Leave
6. SB19-181 - Oil & Gas Regulation
7. Initiative 300 - Denver Right to Survive
8. Amendment 73
9. Proposition 112
10. Proposition 109 and 110

In 2019, CSI had a large impact. In the media, we had more than 100 op-eds placed and over 150 mentions in print, radio, and TV stories. In 2019 alone, CSI's impact reached far and wide:

In 2019, over 330,000 views on Twitter, 552,000 views on Facebook, 10,000 views on LinkedIn and 304,000 views on Google Search
- Since 2018, CSI has increased Facebook followers by 30%, reaching 5.365 followers
- Since 2018, CSI has increased Twitter followers by 240%, reaching 1,969 followers
- CSI has over 150 mentions in the media, totaling 810,470 views

CSI has become a leading source for facts on free enterprise issues facing Colorado.

Eggs & Economy

Class

Public, Society Benefit 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Unemployed, Underemployed
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Eggs and the Economy is a quarterly symposium featuring guest speakers on a variety of public policy issues. At each event, CSI highlights the most pressing issues Colorado is currently facing. This is an opportunity for CSI to share current research, as well as hear from dignitaries and the experts working on them. The purpose of this event is to inform lawmakers and Coloradans, so that they can make informed decisions with fact-based research.

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