Federal Budget & Taxes

taxesColorado receives large investments from the federal government that not only help the state provide services that benefit all Coloradans, but also fuel economic growth and jobs across the state.  Today, decisions made by Congress and the President matter more than ever.  CFI provides timely analyses of how federal tax and budget decisions affect Colorado and provides the tools that local advocates need to make a difference at the federal level.


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What’s “Reconciliation”? What are entitlements? What the heck is “nondefense discretionary” spending? And where do all our federal taxes go? What’s the difference between the debt and the deficit? Answers to all these questions and more can be found in CFI’s “Federal Budget Basics, 2017.”

Federal Budget & Tax Reports

Tax Credit Masquerade

August 4, 2014
Beware of changes to tax credits masquerading as reforms. Sometime the proposed “reforms” transform what was originally a worthwhile effort to help individuals, create jobs or support the broader economy into giveaways for the well-off. We have seen examples of this at both the state and federal level in 2014.

Federal workers in Colorado Springs feeling the pinch of shutdown

October 11, 2013
By Kurtis LeeThe Denver Post COLORADO SPRINGS — The angst of not knowing if he’ll receive a full paycheck is nothing new to Bill Adams. Before the federal government shut down 10 days ago, automatic budget cuts — known as… read more

The Cost of the Government Shutdown in Colorado

October 7, 2013
October 7, 2013Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service – CO COLORADO SPRING, Colo. – With 53,000 federal employees calling Colorado home, the state’s economy is already feeling the pinch from lost federal wages. Collectively, those employees are paid $965 million… read more

How Bad is the Shutdown for the Colorado Economy?

October 7, 2013
The federal government shutdown is no game in Colorado. Last time we checked, Colorado was home to some 53,000 federal workers, from park rangers to scientists to prison guards, who collectively earn about $1 billion in wages every three months.… read more

A Dangerous Game of Chicken: Government Shutdown Bad for Low-income Children

September 26, 2013
While a government shut down will harm all Coloradans, it would hit low-income children and families the hardest. That’s because many services that help support poor children and families are funded in large part by the federal government. If Congress… read more
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