By Esther Turcios At the Colorado Fiscal Institute, we advocate for fiscal and economic policies that promote equity and widespread prosperity in Colorado. It is public investment, funded by sound fiscal policies, that supports economic well-being and thriving communities. But what do we mean by “widespread prosperity?” Widespread or “shared” prosperity means that everyone has the opportunity to become economically successful. read more
Fiscal Forum 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 CFI is excited to announce that our keynote speaker for the 2018 Fiscal Forum is noted author, political analyst and historian, Thomas Frank. Frank is the author of numerous books, including “Listen Liberal” and “What’s the Matter with Kansas.” A former columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Harper’s, Frank is the founder of The Baffler magazine and today writes for The Guardian. read more
On Thursday November 2nd the House Ways and Means Committee introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the House of Representatives. It contained the same major flaws as prior GOP tax plans and frameworks. The House GOP tax plan prioritizes tax cuts for the wealthiest households and profitable corporations, it would dramatically increase the deficit, which would likely force future budget cuts to programs like Medicaid, Medicare and safety net programas, and it offers no benefits to most low-income working families: instead, it hurts many. read more
by Carol Hedges, Executive Director Twenty-five years ago today, Colorado voters approved adding Article X Section 20 to the state constitution, known to us as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).  That same year, Motorola introduced one of the first handheld digital mobile phones.  read more
Colorado’s antiquated tax laws could make Denver a poor candidate for Amazon’s HQ2.

Recent Reports

A Look at Low-Wage Employment in Colorado

September 4, 2017
As Colorado celebrates Labor Day and the important progress made over time for working families here and throughout the country, it’s worth taking a fresh look at a central factor in employment growth and the economic well-being of workers: wages.… read more

Urban Tax Cuts, Rural Health Cuts: The AHCA’s Effect on Colorado

June 22, 2017
Colorado has been a leader in health care in the United States. Our state expanded Medicaid prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and we were one of the first states to set up an insurance exchange to… read more

Increasing access to driver’s licenses is good for Colorado’s economy

March 31, 2017
Today, the House Appropriations Committee voted on House Bill 17-1206, passing the bill out of committee and to the House floor. This bill will broaden the forms of identification that can be used by undocumented immigrants to acquire a driver’s… read more
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