Advance Colorado Institute is a think tank that advances principles and ideas that a majority of Coloradans care about. It focuses on policies that provide more opportunity for more Coloradans. We know that policy battles never end, and in order to create a freer and more prosperous Colorado, we need to promote limited government, free enterprise, low taxes, public safety, and the Colorado values that have made our state a great place to live.
Colorado is becoming less and less affordable. Housing, energy, groceries, and childcare costs are all up. Overall, inflation has increased 9.1% in the Denver Metro area over the previous year. On top of that, legislators raised the gas fee and property taxes last year. Colorado needs thoughtful leaders to address these critical issues.
Colorado is in the midst of a crime tsunami. According to a recent study by the Common Sense Institute, crime is 28% higher than it was in 2011. Property crime rates and auto thefts are among the highest in the entire country. And violent crime is at a 25-year high. We must do better!
Colorado must adopt an “all of the above” approach to educational options. Whether parents choose to send their kids to district schools, public charter schools, private schools, or decide to homeschool them, everyone should have access to quality options. Colorado also needs more accountability. Only 58% of education dollars are actually going towards instruction. We must address this now. Our children don’t have the luxury of time.
Amid high inflation and high gas prices, Coloradans want to lower the state income tax. Our state government is seeing record growth, and we need to put more money back into people's pockets. With inflation well over 8% and far outpacing wage growth, Colorado should continue to make modest cuts to our income tax to remain competitive with other states.