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  • The Tax and Regulate Reality Behind Governor Polis’s Libertarian Image

    The Tax and Regulate Reality Behind Governor Polis’s Libertarian Image0

    • September 26, 2022

    To what extent is Jared Polis a pro-liberty or libertarian governor? Here we can take “libertarian” broadly to mean support for free markets and personal liberties. There is no precise measure of the “libertarianness” of Polis’s various policies and actions that might yield some overall objective score. Some of his policies and actions are pro-liberty,

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  • Tax Expenditure Modifications, 2019-2022: Governor Polis’s Record on Special Interest Tax Benefits

    Tax Expenditure Modifications, 2019-2022: Governor Polis’s Record on Special Interest Tax Benefits0

    • September 19, 2022

    Governor Polis has garnered national recognition for his politically libertarian and right-leaning ideas as a Democrat, especially on the issues of limited government and tax policy. Breaking from the Democrat party line, during the 9News gubernatorial candidates debate in October 2018, he told Coloradans he wanted to eliminate special interest tax benefits and use the

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  • Addressing the Skills Gap: A Market-Based Approach for Colorado

    Addressing the Skills Gap: A Market-Based Approach for Colorado0

    • January 24, 2022

    Colorado has experienced a skilled labor shortage for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic further exposed the underlying problems in the workforce. The state has a high percentage of workers who are particularly vulnerable to forced closures compared with other states, yet those workers tend to lack the skills necessary to fill more secure, in-demand jobs

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  • The Colorado Skills Gap: Underlying Causes

    The Colorado Skills Gap: Underlying Causes0

    • December 10, 2021

    This report identifies and explores possible grounds for, and consequences of, skills gaps in Colorado’s labor market. Imbalances between job openings and job applicants are neither new nor largely unique to Colorado. Every state examined in this report suffers longstanding labor supply/demand imbalances, including gaps between the skill requirements of high-paying jobs and the skills

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  • Unequal Opportunities,  Unequal Outcomes:  The COVID-19 Recession in Colorado

    Unequal Opportunities, Unequal Outcomes: The COVID-19 Recession in Colorado0

    • November 1, 2021

    INTRODUCTION By mid-March 2020, it was apparent that a major pandemic was in process. Estimates were that millions upon millions of Americans would die from COVID-19 and that there would be insufficient hospital resources to treat all the expected chronic cases. As a result, almost all states instituted shelter-in-place emergency orders. Given the available information,

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  • Backgrounder: $617 million in Hidden Taxes from 2021 Session0

    • June 15, 2021

    With the 2021 Colorado regular legislative session concluded, lawmakers have approved tax and fee increases on Coloradans of up to $617 million annually without voter consent. The new revenues are enough to give every schoolteacher in Colorado a $11,343.65 per year raise. The tax and fee increases amount to an average of $430 per year

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