Common Sense Institute

Common Sense Institute is a non-profit free-enterprise think tank dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado's economy.

aka Common Sense Policy Roundtable   |   Greenwood Village, CO   |  https://www.commonsenseinstituteco.org

Mission

Common Sense Institute (CSI) is a non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. CSI is at the forefront of important discussions concerning the future of free enterprise in Colorado and aims to have an impact on the issues that matter most to Coloradans. From energy to education, we examine the economic impact of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws by employing dynamic modeling that accurately measures the impact of each measure on the Colorado economy. To fully achieve our mission, we actively promote these solutions through the education of policy experts, lawmakers, community leaders, and the general public.

Ruling year info

2011

President & CEO

Kristin Strohm

Vice President of Policy & Research

Chris Brown

Main address

6295 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Suite 100

Greenwood Village, CO 80111 USA

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Formerly known as

Common Sense Policy Roundtable

EIN

27-4253618

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (V05)

Economics (as a Social Science) (V22)

IRS filing requirement

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What we aim to solve

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Common Sense Institute was founded in 2010 originally as Common Sense Policy Roundtable. We were founded because we saw that divisive partisanship was overwhelming the issues, and objective economic analysis was not being presented to lawmakers and voters to allow them to make informed decisions based on facts.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Common Sense Policy Roundtable's work

Common Sense Institute was founded in 2010 originally as Common Sense Policy Roundtable. CSI is a non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. Our mission is to research and promote common sense solutions for economic issues facing Colorado.The staff at CSI work endlessly to provide insightful, accurate and actionable information on the implications of public policy issues throughout the state of Colorado.

We actively promote our research through the education of policy experts, lawmakers, community leaders, and the general public. Common Sense Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit, and tax-exempt organization, as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. As such, it relies on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations that share a commitment to individual liberty, free enterprise, personal responsibility, and limited government. Common Sense Institute does not seek or accept government funding.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe in the value of sound fiscal and economic research, and that educated policymakers, voters, and communities are essential to improving our shared economic future.

We examine the economic impact of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws by employing dynamic modeling that accurately measures the impact of each measure on the Colorado economy. To fully achieve our mission, we actively promote these solutions through the education of policy experts, lawmakers, community leaders, and the general public.

The mission of CSI is to engage on the issues that matter most to the future economic prosperity of the citizens of Colorado. We focus on promoting ideas and information that enhance our free-enterprise system. Through monthly discussions with our diverse board of directors and strategic partnerships, quarterly events and monthly podcasts, 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.

In 2020, we continue to focus on examining how some issues and policies concerning COVID-19, pension reform, paid family leave, oil and gas regulation, K-12 education, health care, TABOR, and tax increase measures might impact the overall health of Colorado and its citizens.

We own a license for Tax PI+ REMI dynamic model for the state of Colorado and regions of Denver South and Metro Denver EDC. 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.

In 2019, we achieved our mission and our voice was heard. We brought sound fiscal analysis, economic modeling and the truth to Coloradans on a list of issues.

A couple of the issues we worked on were:
- Denver Initiative 300: Impacts on the Homeless and Society by Granting Unimpeded Access to Public Space
- Senate Bill 181: The statewide cost of prohibitions, restrictions and regulatory uncertainty in Colorado’s energy sector
- Senate Bill 188: Analysis of the cost and risk of financial insolvency for a Colorado Paid Leave Program
- Colorado Emissions Reduction Calculator
- Building Gated Cities Policy Brief
- Dollars & Data: A look at K-12 Education Funding in Colorado
- Anticipating a State Option for Health Care: Will Business Face Higher Costs or Will Quality and Access be Cut?
- Proposition CC: Critical Questions Answered

With all of those studies and successes, we also did much more.

By following the attached link, you will be able to view our Annual Report from 2019. This will give you a glimpse into what we have accomplished this far and what will be coming next:

https://commonsenseinstituteco.org/2019-annual-report/

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Common Sense Institute

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Earl L. Wright

AMG National Trust Bank


Board co-chair

Buz Koelbel

Koelbel and Company

Jack Graham

Two Trees Partners

Byron Haselden

Haselden Construction

Jim Johnson

GE Johnson Holdings, Inc.

T. Scott Martin

Rivercrest Capitol Management

Charlie McNeil

NexGen Resources Corporation

Robin Wise

Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountian, Inc.

Dave Davia

Rocky Mountain Mechanical Contractors Association

Elizabeth Peetz Esq.

Colorado Association of REALTORS®

Terry Stevinson

Stevinson Group, Inc.

Don Childears

Colorado Bankers Association

Carrie Tynan

Adolph Coors Foundation

Laura Leprino

Western Titan Fund

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
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Female
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Person without a disability

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